MIAMI SHORES, Fla. — Barry University doesn’t have an NCAA football team, but this week it hosts one of the nation’s top football programs as it prepares for the Orange Bowl.
No. 6 Michigan (10-2) opened its Orange Bowl practices in South Florida on Monday at Barry, a small Catholic-affiliated college about 10 miles north of downtown Miami. The university is one of two host facilities for the Orange Bowl and the College Football Playoff teams.
In the video below, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh works with the Wolverines quarterbacks.
No. 11 Florida State (9-3) practices at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
The two teams meet at 8 p.m. ET (ESPN) Friday in the Orange Bowl, a New Year’s Six game at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.
Barry is a Division II school that has been a host practice facility for Orange Bowl, College Football Playoff and BCS bowl teams since the 1995 season, according to a 2013 USA Today story.
Harbaugh also had his Stanford team practice at Barry, when it played Virginia Tech in the 2011 Orange Bowl.
In the video below, Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown works with the linebackers.
A few notes from practice, as the media was allowed to watch about 20 minutes of Michigan’s 2-hour practice at Barry:
- Michigan has a massive video board inside the Barry University facility, which traditionally hosts the school’s soccer program.
- Michigan QB Wilton Speight took reps with the quarterbacks and wore long sleeves. The weather in South Florida hasn’t been overly hot or humid. In fact, it was comfortable Monday afternoon. Speight and the quarterbacks weren’t working out at full speed during drills.
- RB Drake Johnson traveled to Florida for the Orange Bowl and was practicing with Michigan’s running backs, including Ty Isaac, De’Veon Smith and Kareem Walker. Harbaugh said earlier this season Michigan would pursue a sixh year of eligibility forJohnson.
- Heisman Trophy finalist Jabrill Peppers worked primarily with the linebackers
- Michigan had a guest at Barry University on Monday: 1991 Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard, who was on the sidelines. Howard, a college football analyst for ESPN, lives in Miami.
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Michigan will practice at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Barry University.
In the video below, defensive line coach Greg Mattison works with his linemen.