Michigan Can 'Sense' Utah on Horizon

Michigan now sits just over one week away from replacing the Ann Arbor submarine with a full blown jet, venturing out to Utah to open the season a week from Thursday. Both Tim Drevno and D.J. Durking aren't trying to look too far ahead but both can already feel the anticipation.

Michigan's submarine like approach to fall camp took a minor detour Monday evening, briefly coming above sea level.

Although the captain of the underwater craft Jim Harbaugh isn't speaking just yet, both offensive coordinator Tim Drevno and defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin did their best to allow media into the fort for brief interview sessions.

Although neither stood up in front of the cameras and microphones eager to divulge game plans, depth chart battles -- or really anything at all -- the bunker mentality was as apparent as ever, both highly supportive of Harbaugh's strategy in recent weeks.

"I think it's really brought our team together," Durkin said. "We've only been with one another all day, everyday.

"There really hasn't been breaks in the action for them either, we're here in this building all day and if we're not practicing, we're meeting or doing something and we're all together -- coaches and players alike. It really has brought everyone closer together."

As the coaching staff continues to put it's own stamp on Michigan's program both philosophically and socially, this shouldn't come as much of a surprise.

The Wolverines are an embattled group, a collection of highly rated talent falling well short of expectations in recent years, particularly a season ago in a 5-7 year.

This time around, Michigan has a massive chip on it's shoulder, beginning with each and every player in that locker room. And now, a little over a week from being led out onto the field by Harbaugh in Salt Lake City, everyone can feel the excitement, including the coaches.

"It's always fun to try to go play someone else cause you've been playing against each other," Drevno said. "But it's just one day at a time right now. But you do sense it, yeah."

Returning more proven and experienced talent on the defensive side of the ball, Durkin's debut will be critical, especially if the offense struggles to find consistency in the early going.

At the end of the day though, Michigan is focused on controlling what it can control, trying to ensure players aren't overwhelmed in the season opener against Utah on Sept.. 3.

"Our guys enjoy practicing together, playing together," Durkin said. "They enjoy one another. It's been good and so yeah, definitely as you get into the middle of camp there's no light at the end of the tunnel and I think they're starting to get that now.

"We're backing off a little bit, getting to Utah prep but definitely, we're getting ready to go."

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