For the first time since 1994, U-M will have performance-based stickers on the side of their helmets when they play host to Oregon State on Saturday, confirmed by Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh today at his weekly press conference.
Harbaugh said the stickers would be given out based on three topics. A players must meet certain team, unit or individual criteria to receive the sticker.
“Nobody played a perfect game,” Harbaugh said. “The closest we had was Amara Darboh and Jake Butt.”
And both players happened to receive the most helmet stickers. Darboh led the team with nine stickers, with Butt finishing second with eight.
“I think it’s a great thing,” said Darboh, who led U-M with eight catches for 101 yards with a TD reception against Utah. “Coach Harbaugh has preached competition. … When you go out there on the field, you try to earn everything. If you go out there and do your job, you’ll be rewarded. I think that’s the message he’s trying to send” with these stickers.
“I love ‘em,” said Butt, who finished with eight catches for 93 yards and TD reception against the Utes. “I think it’s a way to create an environment of competitor. Everyone is competing. You don’t want to be the guy with an empty helmet at the end of the year. Everyone has a chance to win some stickers.”
Butt further explained the criteria for his performance stickers were by meeting offensive goals, total snaps, special team contribution, and grading out individually.
Michigan (0-1) plays host to Oregon State at Noon ET on Sept. 12.