The funny thing about Harbaugh’s Michigan program that has won 10 games twice and came within a few narrow disasters of playoff appearances is that they haven’t looked like his better Stanford or San Francisco teams.
By that I mean that they haven’t run the ball all that well. They started to last year, but then left tackle Grant Newsome suffered a gruesome injury that forced their left guard out to left tackle, a freshman in at left guard, and submarined their ability to smash Big 10 run fronts.
This coming year they’re starting to plug in Harbaugh recruits across the offense and will feature a massive TE in Tyrone Wheatley Jr, a senior FB in Khalid Hill, and a deep stable of running backs. They open against Florida in Dallas, a game which I previewed at SB Nation here. If the Wolverines win that game and turn some heads it’ll be because their run game is finally the kind of fierce, physical attack that put Stanford on the map back in the day.