Throughout his tenure in Ann Arbor, Jim Harbaugh has been subjected to a lot of criticism for not having beaten hated rival Ohio State. Harbaugh is apparently making sure that doesn’t happen again this year, and is pulling out all the stops.
One thing that his team lacked in 2020 was physicality at the point of attack. To address this issue, Harbaugh has renamed a physical 9-on-7 drill to the “Beat Ohio” drill.
The drill, which is commonly used by programs from Pop Warner up to the NFL, consists of the offense lining up with five offensive linemen, two tight ends, one running back and a quarterback. The defense counters with a seven-man front. There are no wide receivers on offense, so the defense knows it will be a run play. Thus, being physical is the key to the drill.
The players seem to be enjoying the drill so far, says Michigan Guard Trevor Keegan.
“We blast some music, [breathe in] smelling salts, everything — it’s a pretty physical period, and we love it,” he said.
Right guard Andrew Stueber echoed Keegan’s statement saying that “it’s definitely a great way to start practice, to get the pads popping and get the blood flowing.”
Harbaugh is currently 0-5 against tOSU, and said in July that the Wolverines were going to beat Ohio State or “die trying.”
It may just be a possibility this year, as Ohio State did just lose to Oregon. We know one thing, Harbaugh and his players will be eagerly waiting for Thanksgiving weekend to play them.