Terps Return Game is 'Best' Harbaugh has Seen

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is well aware of the success Maryland has in special teams, calling it the best he's ever seen.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Maryland’s star returner Will Likely is dangerous.

In Maryland’s season opener alone, Likely retuned for a Big Ten record 233 yards, which helped pace the Terrapins in their 51-21 win over Richmond. And through his first four games, he is currently leading the nation in punt return yards (337), punt return average (28.1) and touchdowns (two).

So, yeah, he’s pretty good.

His return game, as well a Maryland’s ability to block for him has Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh on “high alert,” he said at his weekly press conference today.

“(We need) a good week of preparation, a good week of practice. We’re going to need it. This is a very good football team in all phases,” Harbaugh said Maryland. “High alert in the special teams. The coverage units are going to have to be great, both the kick coverage and the punt coverage. This return game that Maryland has is one of the best I have ever seen in college football, and so is their returner.

“It’s no secret, I’m just alerting everybody that we know. We know they are really good. So a great challenge for our coverage units this week -- high alert”


Newly minted in the AP top-25, Harbaugh admits the voting process is “interesting,” saying it was one of his many duties for No. 22 Michigan. However, he was quick to add the only thing that matter is U-M’s next opponent – Maryland.

“The only relevant thing is onward to Maryland,” Harbaugh said when asked about being ranked for the first time this season. “The Big Ten season and the challenge that we have, proving that we can win a road game, all those things are much more relevant.”

Michigan (3-1) next plays at Maryland (2-2) this Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.

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