Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh finds a thrill in promoting walk-on players
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Michigan football program generally eschews the pageantry that goes with awarding scholarships to its walk-on players.
The Wolverines don’t hand out gifts, or plan surprise presentations. In fact, there’s little fanfare, other than a handshake and a few words of “congratulations.”
Still, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh finds a certain thrill in telling players each season that they don’t have to finance their own college education anymore.
Harbaugh confirmed Monday night during his weekly radio show on WTKA-AM that his staff has awarded scholarships to three walk-on players: QB/WR/holder Garrett Moores, LB Mike Wroblewski and S/DB A.J. Pearson.
“We didn’t really make any deal of it,” Harbaugh said. “It is great. We’ve never differentiated. We don’t make the differentiation between scholarship and non-scholarship players. We’ve never used the term walk-on. It was a neat moment. They were all happy, but, really, it’s them who did the work, and it’s me saying thanks to them for putting in the hard work.”
And with all the questions surrounding who will be Michigan’s quarterback Saturday when the Wolverines host Hawaii in the season opener, Harbaugh even offered a certain confirmation relating to one of his walk-ons.
“We will announce that the starting holder will be Garrett Moores!” Harbaugh exclaimed.
Rachel Lenzi covers Michigan sports for Landof10.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @RLenziAJC