Big Ten 2023 Football Media Days: Jim Harbaugh talks Michigan Wolverines Football

By Rick Jabot

Jim Harbaugh at 2023 Big Ten Football Media Days (photo by Stuart Mason,

Big Ten Football Media Days 2023 Jim Harbaugh Michigan head coach On Team Outlook July 2023.mp3


*Jim Harbaugh in 8 years is 74-25; 103-46 overall in 12 years

*Returning starters 15, 8 offense, 7 defense

*Strengths are J.J. McCarthy as finally the main QB; Running game is prolific and the best in the Big 10; Defensive front should be solid; Will Johnson is among the best defensive backs in the country.

*Weaknesses or concerns: The wide receivers could be good but play good in stretches and are streaky; No go to receiver; depth is there but not much production; The other cornerback opposite Will Johnson is not set. Michigan has always had a solid kicking game but now they are in a holding pattern with Tommy Doman and Adam Samaha competing for punter and placekicking.

*The pass rush does not have a clear leader. The new faces are Braiden McGregor, Derrick Moore, Coastal Carolina transfer Josaiah Stewart could be the guy. In just 2 seasons with the Chanticleers, he had 25.5 tackles for loss and 16 sacks.

*Non-conference opponents include: September 2 East Carolina; September 9 UNLV; September 16 Bowling Green.

*Coach Harbaugh is facing a possible 4-game suspension for NCAA Rules Violations.

*They are the 2-time defending Big Ten champions. Are the favorite to do it again. They have never won the conference three years in a row.