Harbaugh singles out offensive line for praise

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Kyle Kalis

Michigan had 225 yards and four touchdowns against Oregon State and 254 yards and three touchdowns against UNLV.

“Offensive line is getting better,” Harbaugh said. “Probably the guy who made the biggest jump is Kyle Kalis. Graded out for the ball game 90 percent or a little about 90 percent along with Graham Glasgow, who’s been consistently very good and been our best offensive lineman. Kalis is ascending fast, so it’s great to see that.

“The other one is Ben Braden. Still has work to do, but he’s improving, as well. Thought Mason Cole and (Erik) Magnuson both improved. They’re playing more physical and they’re finishing. They’re really making an effort to finish. What’s helping our running game right now is them and the contribution by the backs but also the receivers.”

Secondary standouts

Michigan’s secondary, featuring cornerbacks Jourdan Lewis and Channing Stribling and safeties Jabrill Peppers and Jarrod Wilson, has begun to stand out and might be the strength of the defense.

The Wolverines have 10 pass breakups, including six by Lewis, and three interceptions.

“We can be the best in the country if we continue to use our technique,” Lewis said. “We need to get more turnovers, that’s the main goal.”

Injury update

Fullback Joe Kerridge, who left the UNLV game late in the third quarter last weekend with an injury to his right ankle, could play against BYU on Saturday.

“Don’t know yet,” Harbaugh said. “Possible.”

BYU at Michigan

Kickoff: Noon Saturday, Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor

TV/radio: ABC/WWJ

Records: No. 22 BYU 2-1, Michigan 2-1

Line: Michigan by 4

Series: BYU leads 1-0 (Holiday Bowl — BYU 24-17, Dec. 21, 1984)