In addition to the grind of fall camp, the Michigan coaches are finding other ways of preparing team 133 for the atmosphere they'll be headed into on September 1st versus Alabama in the "Jerry Dome."
"We've been playing like a lot of music," said Barnum. "They bring in this big thing, and they put it behind the offensive line and they blast the music. Its kind of helping us to communicate better and hear each others calls, ‘cause it's going to be loud in Texas so we got to be prepared for it."
The Wolverines will take their boom box to Detroit this evening to practice inside Ford Field, to prepare for the nuances not only of the dome in Dallas but also Lucas Oil Stadium should Michigan reach the 2012 Big Ten championship game.
"Yeah I'm excited for it," said Barnum. "I think it's going to be fun. We're going there, and I think it's going to help prepare us and get a feel for playing in a dome."
No snap issues
Replacing the Rimington award winner, Dave Molk, at center is enough pressure on its own. Fortunately for Michigan fifth-year senior Ricky Barnum, the challenge is less of an uphill climb based on his chemistry with the quarterback handling the snaps behind him.
"It's always been good," said Barnum. "Like I mentioned before, I've been snapping to him since I was a redshirt freshman, his true freshman (season), so it's always been good."
Since the spring game that saw a couple fumble issues with the quarterback and center exchange, Barnum has worked tirelessly to clean the snaps up. It appears the work has paid off thus far in camp.
"It has improved a lot," said Barnum. "Those two snaps I had in spring ball were my fault, I accepted that and I owned up to it, and I worked really hard in the off-season. I don't think I've had a bad snap since."
To watch more of Barnum from last night's presser, click play below.