Michigan won't share scrimmage film with Hawaii
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh’s reluctance to share much with the media this week also extends to upcoming opponent Hawaii.
Harbaugh has not publicly revealed the Wolverines’ starting quarterback when the season opens on Saturday against the Rainbow Warriors, and he has not released a depth chart.
Michigan also did not share a scrimmage film Hawaii requested.
“With them not having a game and us having a game we asked if they would send us their scrimmage,” first-year Hawaii coach Nick Rolovich told reporters in Hawaii on Tuesday. “But they wouldn’t. I’m sure they found our game somewhere or at least got in on TV and watched it so they’ll have a little idea what we do when there’s going to be a little bit of uncertainty on our side.”
He was asked why Harbaugh has not shared who will start at quarterback. Like Harbaugh, Rolovich is a former college quarterback.
“I guess they’re trying to hide the quarterback for a reason,” Rolovich said. “I think it’s a little bit of strategy and maybe something for us to talk about, but there’s enough to worry about than to really spend our time worrying about who the quarterback’s going to be.”
The Rainbow Warriors opened the season last week with a loss to Cal in Australia. This is Michigan’s season opener.
“There could be some first-game mistakes being made,” Rolovich said of Michigan. “At least we’ve played a game together and we understand each other and understand the mistakes we made. If we correct them and play as hard as we can, that’s all we can ask for.”
Earlier in the spring, Rolovich took to Twitter to suggest he and Harbaugh have a pre-game quarterback shootout, since that’s the position both played.
Harbaugh entertained that idea on Tuesday when asked about it on the Big Ten conference call.
“Interesting. Let’s see what he has in mind,” Harbaugh said sounding enthused by the idea. “I’d be glad to talk to Nick about that. It kind of sounds like a challenge, huh?”
Rolovich and his staff worked satellite camps this summer in Hawaii with Harbaugh and his staff.
“I like him. I like him for college football,” Rolovich said of Harbaugh. “When we finally got together at the camps, I said this guy may be a little crazy, too. I figured he would be.
“The main thing is our guys being ready to play. I don’t want (the shootout) to become a distraction. I thought it would be a good way to promote our program and the mindset of our program.”
Freshmen see return action
Several freshmen have had a chance to work in the return game, according to Jay Harbaugh, who coaches tight ends and special teams.
This doesn’t, however, mean veterans Jehu Chesson, Jabrill Peppers and Jourdan Lewis won’t be returning punts and kickoffs.
“Sometimes you don’t want All-American guys returning kicks, but you also like it because they’re electrifying and can give you a big play,” Harbaugh said.
A number of freshmen have practiced in the return game, such as cornerback David Long, safety Khaleke Hudson and running back Chris Evans.
Receivers Eddie McDoom, Nate Johnson and Kekoa Crawford also have seen time on special teams.