It’s been an ugly start to the season for
Michigan’s had all sorts of issues this year. From shaky quarterback play to downright atrocious play in the secondary, many things have gone wrong. What has been the main caveat though?
Speaking on College DameDay, ESPN analyst and Michigan alum Desmond Howard revealed he had conversations with former Wolverines players, who all told him something similar.
“I had a conversation with a couple of friends — former players,” he said. “I asked them ‘What are you seeing?’ The general consensus was that there’s no fire. There’s no juice. Like you’re just out there playing. I’ll tell you what — Rutgers — they’re going to hit the field with some juice. With Greg Schiano the head coach, they’re going to come onto the field like their hair is on fire. If Michigan can’t match that energy — they’re in for a long day today against Rutgers.
“Outside of that, they are what we’ve seen. The conversation is the same week in and week out. They have to match Rutgers’ energy today.”
Speaking with the media earlier this week, Harbaugh talked about the keys to victory against Rutgers (1-3) who also enters this one on a three-game losing streak.
“Getting back today, I’ve been anticipating this for over 24 hours,” Harbaugh said Monday. “Being around the guys again, I want to lead them. I want them to hear my voice and understand what the objectives are going to be each and every day. Eventually, that’s going to be Saturday, winning that football game. Everything that we can do, by all means necessary, to put ourselves in a position to win, to compete. All those things. Attacking each one of them to see if we can do it better than we did the week before. Every day. Every meeting, every practice. We’ll be on the field today, already had a workout. Really good. Striving to make those the best of the year. I want this Monday to be the best Monday that we’ve had all season. Apply that to Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Friday and Saturday.”
Despite blowout wins over the Scarlet Knights in each of the last five seasons, Harbaugh is not taking Rutgers lightly.
“They’re playing very good football in so many different areas,” he continued. “Stepped it up greatly. They look very physical, fast. They execute really well on both sides of the ball. Running back is still really good and even gotten better. So many good things. We gotta play good. We’re going to have to play good in order to be successful. Excited about that challenge.”
The Michigan Insider contributed to this report.