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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh had nothing but praise for BYU, as he talked to the media at his weekly press conference on Monday, noting the "physical" style of play the Cougars play with as U-M prepares for their matchup this Saturday.
"Good receivers, big receivers," Harbaugh said. "Good quarterback. Good physical team on both sides of the ball, very athletic. They play extremely hard. This will be great test for our team. Very excited about the competition this week. What's in store will be a great gauge for where our team is at right now."
No. 22 BYU (2-1) is led by quarterback Tanner Mangum, who's been inserted into the starting role since the Cougars lost starting QB Taysom Hill at Nebraska with a season ending leg injury. Mangum, of course, beat the Cornhuskers on a 42 yard Hail Mary pass that's been on every highlight reel of the young 2015 season.
"He's a playmaker," Harbaugh said of Mangum. "He went in there with no shyness whatsoever. He' already been in big situations -- and prevailed. Sometimes it takes years before something like that to happens. What he's already been through. So he's already been battle tested and won one of those situations -- impressive."
And if the Wolverines (2-1) are going to have any success stopping BYU, Harbaugh says they will have to matchup better with BYU bigger receivers.
"A great group of receivers to throw to," Harbaugh said. "Big guys, you know. They go up and get the ball and that will be a area of emphasis for us this week, defending the ball down field."
Adding: "(Our defenders need to get) our hands on the ball. Breaking up passes, intercepting balls and defending the deep ball. I think we are doing a better job of that."
On Saturday, we'll find out, when Michigan next plays host to BYU at noon ET.