ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh offered some insight after his team’s rout of Central Florida, on Wilton Speight’s development as a quarterback, Rashan Gary’s progress in the college game and on Michigan’s defensive line, and on Jourdan Lewis’ injury, as the cornerback sat out a second game in a row.
Here are Harbaugh’s postgame comments:
- On freshman defensive end Rashan Gary: “Very outstanding. Tough guy. He had a finger dislocated the first week of practice. Put him under the X-ray and the trainer is like, what is that? Rashan said, ‘That’s football.’ He picked it up and went back out.” Another time he was cramping and we took him out of practice. Six plays later, I saw he was back in there. He’s really good like that, a real football player. Doing a great job. Played the whole game today. Most of that.
- On dominating the line of scrimmage: “The lines really took care of business today. That’s something I felt was going to be necessary. I wouldn’t call it dominating, but they took care of business. The offensive lines and defensive lines did a very good job.”
- On quarterback Wilton Speight getting hit: “First of all, a quarterback throws for four touchdowns and 300 yards, that’s a great performance. Not going out on a limb to say he’ll be our offensive player of the week. But he had some good courage plays. He even made an improv play, kicked it out to (Henry) Poggi in the flat and that was a smart play. For the quarterback to hit those, that’s the toughest route.
- On staying healthy: “We’re building up a callous. We didn’t come out with any injuries.”
- On Speight’s movement with his feet: “That’s something he’s been adding to his game, and that’s really helpful. Moving in the pocket, hitting his quiet spot in the picket, evading a rush. He made some really good throws on the run and some good decisions out of the pocket.”
- On Speight developing consistency with his receivers: “He’s just gotten better. You give him something to work on. It was improvement made really fast. He’s a smart guy that’s very dedicated at getting better. Anything we’ve given him, he’s been all ears and goes right to work on it.”
- On Chase Winovich starting at defensive end: “He played most of the ballgame today. Going from linebacker to fullback tight end to now defensive end, I think that’s his spot. I’m glad we found it for him and I’m glad he found it for himself. He’s a high-motor, aggressive guy and a good football player. I think he’ll keep blossoming. I feel good about where he’s at now.”
- On Jourdan Lewis’ absence: “Something different came up. Muscle strain. Different location. (No timeline given on absence). I don’t know. I don’t have a doctor’s degree. We’ll see. Not going to take any chances with it. We did an MRI and got a signal. He’s worked too hard and we’re not going to put him in a position where it’s silly just to get the muscle pull. It shows up on the MRI and I’m glad we can do MRIs around here, that we can do that for our players and give them the best treatment available. When it comes to their health, it costs what it costs. I’m happy we’re doing what we’re doing.”