Michigan Football: Off-Season Workouts / Spring Football Report
In the past there have been reports on players who just did not live up to expectations based on off-season workouts. Some of those reports came from me—(Freddy Canteen as a prime example). My defense is at the time of that report—Canteen was the most explosive young wide receiver we had. Not a great commentary on the rest of the roster.
Having said that—I do think times are different. For the following reasons I think players at Michigan are being developed at a much faster rate than in the past.
1) Competition. Unlike past regimes, Jim Harbaugh could care less how much you played in the past, if you are an upperclassman or not. When he says the best players will play —he means it. Because of that—off-season workouts are much more intense, much more competitive.
2) S&C. Because of the length of time from the bowl game to the first spring game—Jim Harbaugh challenged the S&C staff to make workouts challenging but versatile so they did not become boring. Also, there has been many competitive type of sessions that kept the players inspired throughout the process.
3) Communication, although coaches cannot be involved in sessions—they are allowed to watch film of session—and coaches are doing a great job of communicating to players some positive feedback on their progress. Although this was also done in the past—nothing to the level of this staff.
conclusion:—next week starts a new year. Every player on the team believes there is a chance they can make the 2-deep in they work hard enough and are productive in practices. this is the biggest difference. So, if you hear of some players who has made great progress—-I think it is more likely in this program it is accurate and will be a good gauge on what will happen next fall.