ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- A lot can be contributed to the recent reemergence of the running game with the University of Michigan football program under head coach Jim Harbaugh.
The offensive line is finally geling like many expected it to in the past, the running backs are finding their running lanes with increased vision and add physicality into the equation as well.
However, there is one area in particular that doesn't get much fanfare in terms of having a major impact in the running game. Generally, if it goes unnoticed, the job is getting done.
For Harbaugh, he recognizes what the wide receivers bring to the running game: Important and opportune blocking.
"I'm really pleased with that," Harbaugh said. "I'm really pleased with our wide receivers are blocking right now. It's been a real factor for our run game. I want to see more receivers doing it. But you can see our run game going when our receivers are blocking, especially when its Darboh, Chesson and Moe Ways. When those guys aren't in there, we don't run the ball as well. Whether it's coincidentally or not, they're blocking better."
All in all, having the head coach notice what's happening is all that really matters.
Harbaugh isn't known to single out players in certain position groups when asked and would rather make it about the team. During Monday's media availability, things were a bit different for Harbaugh.
He singled a player out, a huge honor for receiver Jehu Chesson nonetheless.
"Jehu is the best (blocker on the team)," Harbaugh said. "Jehu Chesson is... The effort and the aggresiveness that he's blocking with is the best of our receivers. You saw on Jake Rudock's touchdown, a real courage play where he came back from running a route and got into - just effort - to get a block to secure a touchdown for our quarterback."