In fact, the unit as whole had been pointed out for their lack of “pad level” or showing “leverage” by coach Jim Harbaugh earlier this week. So improving in that area has been focus for offensive line moving forward, says center Graham Glasgow.
“We just need to be sure of your assignments,” Glasgow said. “I don’t really know, it just happens. It’s either you play with low pads or you don’t. It’s just one of those things if you’re not sure about what they are going to do, then you play higher. If you are sure about what you are doing, you play lower.”
Glasgow pointed out that Utah defenders were smaller in stature and were able to get under the Wolverines offensive front, causing run lanes to close throughout the game. Michigan would finish with only 76 yards on the ground.
“I think pad level is one of those things that it’s hard to recognize when you’re out there playing,” Glasgow said. “Unless someone can give you an example right away. Or you get blown up.”
Staying as full time center
Heading into week 2, Glasgow sits firmly as U-M’s starting center, and admits it’s been a smooth transition.
“It’s been a little bit better,” he said. “I’ve been able to get a little bit more reps. And I think our chemistry is good, I think we had good pass protection, and everybody knew what to do and their job was in pass pro. We just need to play lower in the run game.”
Adding: “I felt just awesome knowing I was going to play center.”
Michigan (0-1) next plays host to Oregon State (1-0) this Saturday at noon ET.