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Michigan football’s attitude key to early season success

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The nation witnessed it firsthand with Michigan jumping around in Camp Randall.

NCAA Football: Northern Illinois at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

After Saturday’s convincing win against Wisconsin, the Michigan Wolverines are off to their first 5-0 start since 2016 and sits at No. 9 in the nation in this week’s AP poll. After going 2-4 a year ago, not very many people saw this coming. Something about this team feels different. The culture and the attitude of this team feels different.

While Michigan has had a lot of success on the field over the course of the first five weeks, the players are still eager to grow and get better.

“The way they take coaching, I mean they really listen,” head coach Jim Harbaugh said on Monday during his weekly meeting with the press. “They take that instruction and they embrace it wholeheartedly, and then they do their very best to execute it. They want more, they want new, they want things that stimulate them.”

Michigan’s young talent is becoming a key to success as younger players like quarterback J.J. McCarthy continue to get more playing time. The young core is talented and has a fierce work ethic.

“We got back from Wisconsin and I’m unpacking the office and I run into J.J., Donovan (Edwards) and Andrel Anthony and they’re headed out to the practice field to get more work in,” Harbaugh said. “I even took a picture of it.”

Not only are the Wolverines focused and hungry for victories, but they’re having fun while doing it. Videos surfaced during the Wisconsin game of the Michigan bench participating in the Jump Around tradition at Camp Randall Stadium, taking the opposition’s fun and turning it into their own.

“As soon as the song started, that’s what we did, we had fun,” wide receiver Daylen Baldwin said. “We really embrace being not at home, being away, so that’s a great thing as a team that you can have. Just embrace it, like we aren’t at home but we’re going to make it our home.”

Michigan travels to Lincoln this weekend for another tough road test under the lights against Nebraska. Embracing the challenge and going in with the same attitude as the Wisconsin game will be key to come out with another victory.