Before the start of fall camp a few weeks ago a number of Michigan’s players made note of the stamp that Jim Harbaugh began putting on the program the moment he took over. One of the strongest messages is incumbency offers no assurances. Competition is a constant at every position, period. The best players play, no matter their seniority on experience. Harbaugh’s track record as a coach proves that those aren’t just words. After all he is the same coach that promoted Colin Kaepernick to the role of starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers after Alex Smith had turned in a career year. So it comes as no surprise that young and or inexperienced players are receiving legitimate opportunities to rise up the depth chart at their respective positions. That has been evident at wide receiver where redshirt freshman wideout Drake Harris and true freshman pass catcher Grant Perry have been generating buzz all camp long.
Perry and Harris both added to the excitement during Saturday night’s practice where they again turned in strong performances. Harris’ showing was highlighted by the throng of Michigan students in attendance as one of the best regardless of position after he hauled in one of Jake Rudock’s two touchdown passes.
Perry was the #1 slot receiver Saturday night and with less than two weeks to go until the season opener versus Utah he appears to be leading the way at that position. Harris also was also among the first stringers, but that was likely because of the absence due to injury of presumed starter Amara Darboh. That said If Harris stays healthy and continues his impressive play it may not be long before he pushes his way past one of the incumbents.