ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Once upon a time in recent Michigan football history, the offensive line was the clear sore spot on a struggling team.
Presently, with all thing considered, a noticeable improvement over the past few seasons is starting to take place. Call it coaching, call it experience finally paying off, call it whatever you want. The offensive line is doing what it’s supposed to do right now, there’s no denying that.
So much so that even the head coach has taken notice.
“The offensive line is improving,” Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh said. “The offensive line is getting better. One of the guys that made the biggest jumps is Kyle Kalis. He graded out for the ballgame at 90%, a little above 90%. Graham Glasgow has been consistently very good and been our best offensive lineman. Kalis is ascending fast, so that’s great to see.”
In typical Harbaugh fashion, he couldn’t just single out one offensive lineman. So he lumped his offensive line together like he does with most positions. After all, it’s always about the team.
“I thought (Erik) Magnuson and Mason Cole both improved,” Harbaugh said. “They’re playing more physical and they’re finishing, they’re really making an effort to finish right now, all five of those guys.
“What’s helping our running game right now? It’s those guys.”
Going along with the team atmosphere, the offensive line is not the only area, or areas, that Harbaugh credits for improvement in blocking. The running backs and wide receivers also received some praise from their head coach as well.
“The contribution by the (running) backs and receivers, they’re making a real effort right now to block down field,” Harbaugh said. “They’re blocking in the box, they’re coming to get safeties and sometimes block 30-40 yards down the field. Jehu Chesson was our player of the game (against UNLV) offensively and on special teams.”