And so far their message has been received, says redshirt junior lineman Kyle Kalis, who spoke to reporters at U-M’s media day last week.
“Spring ball was the time we got to sit down with Coach Harbaugh and Coach Drevno,” Kalis said. “Their main thing is we are going to have an offense who comes at you. We’re going to attack you. We’re going to hit you where you don’t want to be hurt. We’re going to hurt you and put a bruise on you. And we saw that in the spring.”
Why is Kalis such a believer in Harbaugh and more specifically – Drevno – who also duels as Michigan’s offensive line coach? Well, he admits it’s the NFL pedigree they bring to the program.
“I think the biggest thing is the way they are teaching it,” Kalis said. “The cool thing about guys coming form the NFL there is tricks to the trade. And there are techniques you only learn from the league who are the biggest, strongest, and fastest at what they do.
“And so they bring that to us. And we can transfer that to games and practices, and that’s how we get so much better.”
At 6-foot-5, 292-pounds, Kalis figures to part of the group that leads this offense this fall. However, in 2014, Michigan finished ninth in the Big Ten in rushing, averaging 162.8 yards per game. That stat figures to change due to Drevno’s impact, says Kalis.
“First and foremost, (Drevno is) going to put what want to do first, and we are going to lead the team to where we want to go,” Kalis said. “In doing that, we have to salvage the run game. And I think we are going to be able to do that this year.”
Michigan opens its season at Utah on Sept. 3.