What Jim Harbaugh said at his Week 3 press conference

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh has heard your criticism of the Wolverines’ run-pass ratio on Saturday and he’s having none of it.

Of course, the maize and blue took down Washington, 31-10 on Saturday, and did so by running the ball almost exclusively. Still, it garnered over 6 yards a pop, even when the Huskies knew it was coming. In his weekly media availability, Harbaugh addressed the consternation some had about it, noting ‘there are multiple ways to travel.’

Also, he spoke about the other Huskies, Northern Illinois, coming to town this week and what they present and much, much more.

Here is everything that Harbaugh had to say in his Monday press conference.

Who manages the team's redshirts?

"I manage that. Track each player's amount of games. Has it changed? Yes. It's changed dramatically in that, going back to 10 years ago, if you want to make that comparison. If you played one game, one play of one game, you could lose a redshirt. And now you can play up to four games and still be eligible for a redshirt year."

Do you save some in case you need them later?

"Yeah, the guys that are in the two-deep are playing. And then if somebody is not in that two-deep, ideally you'd like to get them some action early. Get them some experience. See if there's somebody who's gonna work their way into the two-deep. But then also keeping in mind that four-game -- you'd like to hit that sweet spot of four games. That make sense?"

How did Kris Jenkins and Mazi Smith do on Saturday?

"Yeah, physical play. Physical play on both lines. Offensive line, defensive line. Really, really pleased with the physicality of backs, tight ends. The secondary, the linebackers. Defensively, the way we were running to the football, it was very physical play across a lot of positions."

But how did Kris Jenkins do?

"Kris Jenkins has been getting a lot of snaps and yeah, he's improving and playing good. Playing really good. Good off returns as well. Yeah, he's taking steps."

How does time of possession impact the defense?

"Big fan of it. It's not something that's been easy for a no-huddle team to achieve. But definitely warms the cockles of the heart. A seven-minute drive -- that's the equivalent in the no-huddle world of a good, old 10 minute, 11 minutes, 12-minute drive. "Yeah, it's a good thing to possess the ball. It's all about possession, right? Possession is nine-tenths of the law, so when you can have more than them, it's a good thing."

What other than physicality on the OL helped produce the results in the run game?

"The tight ends. The tight ends in particular. It's a deep and talented group of tight ends. And they're as involved as the offensive line. The pulling, the lead blocking, they're wrapping, they're blocking in every way in conjunction with the offensive line. That would be the next biggest factor in conjunction with the running backs being tough to bring down. They're rarely tackled by one guy. They got great balance and vision and are able to elude, they're able to get yards after contact. That's also been the contributing factor other than the offensive line play."

How can the vertical game expand with the tight ends?

"Yeah, all those things are at our disposal. Heard a little bit of noise about it. 'Why so much running? You gotta throw more!' That kind of thing. There's a lot of ways to travel. Some people choose to travel on the ground, some people by air. George Patton was able to get his job done on the ground. Neil Armstrong through the air. Last Saturday night, we chose to grind it out on the ground. And were also able to get our mission accomplished."

What about the tight ends in the vertical game though?

"Lot of ways to expand. Play action. And you want your opponent to know and understand there are multiple ways to -- and they know -- to travel.

Did he get an explanation to DJ Turner's personal foul?

"That's something we want to ask about. It was fake and the interesting part of it was the quarterback really stepped up in the pocket like he was going to throw the ball and DJ ran into him. That's a good one to seek an explanation on."

On DJ Turner's progression

"Like a lot of guys, you see DJ in the coverage, really progressing. Also the way he is pursuing and coming up, running a 0.8 40 in trying to get through the ball carrier. The physical part of his game is really surfacing and really great to see."

What have you seen from NIU and Rocky Lombardi?

"Yeah, they really look like they got things going. They're a team on the move, both offensively, defensively. Doing a great job executing, playing their systems. Also running back rushed for over 170 yards. Defensively, really solid defensive tackles, experienced in the secondary. Good at playing their system and executing it effectively. Got a team that's got some real momentum right now."

How did Saturday's win help recruiting?

"That's a great question! In terms of environment, I don't know what more you could do. I don't know more what the University of Michigan could do to represent themselves -- great job by all, put it that way! What a phenomenal show that was put on Saturday night. Those images blow me away. The band, the halftime performance, the pregame performance, the enthusiasm, the school spirit. The first and foremost is the student section that's wrapping around now to the southwest corner into the south endzone (he means north) towards the 50-yard line and growing and loud. It was evident as can be on the first play of the game, the Washington delay of game penalty. Just an eruption down there. That's something to really think about, making sure we're kicking down there if we're kicking to a team and letting them start out in that frenzy! It's that good. "It all really starts at the top with Mark Schlissel and the culture he's created here at the University of Michigan. I love it. I love it. I'd think if you're someone that works here or are a student here or a prospective student or a student-athlete, it'd be pretty tough to pass up."

On former walk-on tight end Carter Selzer

"They call him the sheriff! I don't know exactly why they call him the sheriff, but it stuck! I call him the sheriff now, too -- I don't know why. "Yeah, he's a great guy. Hilarious and funny. Heckuva good football player that's just grown and grown each year in his contribution, his physicality, his skill. He's a fan favorite on the team. Coaches, players really like him a lot. Willing to do anything. Thrives on special teams and is a tight end. And in a really talented tight end room, he's carved out a niche for himself."

When did he see the OL come together?

"It's been something they've embraced, going back into spring ball. The 9-on-7 drill -- it's an inside run type of drill where you're not running any trick plays, defenses aren't. You're not running any games or twists. It's who can block a man, who can get off a block. You're basically running three types of running plays. Play in one or two defensive fronts. It's something that our offensive line and defensive line have really embraced. When that period comes up, whether it was practice in the spring or fall camp -- we did it every day we had pads on, and we do it every Tuesday and we do it Monday during the season -- that has become a drill of emphasis. Look forward to it. Excitement. They wanted music, so we play music during that drill. That game felt like a 9-on-7 drill. Both teams were trying to turn it into that type of game and our guys have embraced it and had a lot of practice at it."

Evaluation of Caden Kolesar returning punts

"Yeah, like I said last week, he's so valuable at the other positions at punt return, we really need somebody else to step up and I think A.J. is really close. Had a good week of practice last week and (will) have another one this week. But A.J., Andrel Anthony, DJ Turner and Donovan Edwards will be the guys in the mix there. We're gonna be a better punt return unit if Caden's rushing or holding up because he's just so good at those things. Happened to be he was the best guy at catching the ball. That's a factor this past week, but going forward, we're gonna be much better if we have him playing the other positions and we get someone else stepping up returning punts."

On Josh Gattis being back up in the press box for games

"Two years ago -- it was really two years ago, not so much last year, he was on the field at the time. I just think it's a good thing. Our players -- it's just a better vantage point, and I think that's the way he feels about it. And then the communication is, the players know what's going on, they know the calls, they know the signals really well. Cade does a great job as the guy managing it on the field. Play caller up in the box -- seems the way Josh is more comfortable right now and I'm with it."

On the expanding student section -- is it really bigger?

"It seems like it to me! Does it to you? As far as that's something we all do, no, we don't do that. That was awesome with a capital A. Just taking the headphones off every now and then just to feel it, hear it. It brought a smile to my face -- pretty fired up! My daughter was up there. She said it was pretty darn cool!"

Have you taken your headphones off to soak it all in before?

"Yeah. Hear things."

His evaluation of Cade McNamara vs. Washington

"Like I just said, he's really become the coach on the field. He does a tremendous job. He executed pretty darn well. A couple things: nobody plays a perfect game. You strive for it, but there's more things to coach -- also a good thing. Offense, defense and special teams. I thought he turned in another real solid performance."

Does it take an OC time to learn time of possession?

"Points per possession, that's the big one. Not turning the football over -- those are the main factors. Trying to get, as I said, possession is nine-tenths of the law? I think I read that. Making the most out of those possessions is key. Like I said, you're able to use more time, keep your defense fresh, off the field, that's a really good conse--intended consequence, unintended consequence, one of those two things you really could factor. But the main factor is points per possession, points per drive."

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