COLLEGE PARK -- Jim Harbaugh’s messy breakup and celebrated homecoming to Michigan highlighted the offseason in college football, bringing along with it the reality of increased competition in the Big Ten East and every indication that Wolverine football would be on track to once again compete for conference titles.
Maryland gets its first taste of Harbaugh the salesman and Harbaugh the coach on Saturday when Michigan comes to Byrd Stadium for an 8 p.m. kickoff.
Maryland players and head coach Randy Edsall expressed their impressions of Harbaugh from afar when asked on Tuesday.
“He’s a good coach. There’s no doubt about it,” he said. “His track record proves that wherever he’s been.”
Edsall went on to read off a laundry list of things Michigan has improved upon since last season, including an offense committed to pounding the football on the ground and a defense ranked second in the nation.
“Michigan’s playing at a very high level right now,” he went on to say. “Michigan’s a really good football team right now and playing that way.”
Avery Edwards, Fr., TE
“From what I’ve heard from coaches and former players that played for him, they’re going to be physical, so that’s one thing you see on film,” he said. “They’re getting after it.
“Coach Harbaugh, he always gets them going. They always have something to play for.”
Jefferson Ashiru, Sr., LB
“I think they’re a well-coached team,” he said. “They’re just a very well-coached team and it shows on tape.”