ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The unusual formation that No. 4 Michigan used in the first quarter of Saturday’s 14-7 win over No. 11 Wisconsin wasn’t necessarily Jim Harbaugh’s idea. However, some might believe that Michigan’s second-year coach would have the intelligence and the resourcefulness to come up with such a play.
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“I can’t take credit for that one,” Harbaugh said Monday night, during his weekly radio show on WTKA-AM in Ann Arbor.
Instead, the 10-man formation — dubbed by Harbaugh as “the train” after the win against Wisconsin — that came at the end of the first quarter and resulted in a 5-yard run by De’Veon Smith on second-and-2 was the idea of another Harbaugh.
Jim Harbaugh said his son, Jay, an assistant on Michigan’s staff, saw the play utilized by a high school team from Colorado as he was scouring through film of high school teams.
Jay Harbaugh, Michigan’s tight ends coach/assistant special teams coach, suggested it as a possibility for the Wolverines. Michigan lined up in the exaggerated I-formation but didn’t snap out of that formation, instead breaking to the line of scrimmage.
“We had fun practicing it,” Harbaugh said. “We had fun putting it in, in the game. It might have a future!
“We want to think all things are possible.”