ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The NFL influence on the current Michigan football program is evident in the vast history of the head coach Jim Harbaugh and his assistants.
Couple that experience on every level with victories, then you're sure to equal a winning formula.
That's the case for U-M tight end Jake Butt. Butt believes the Wolverine offense is set up to be successful, which starts with coaching. With all the experiences and victories under their belt, the U-M offense holds a huge advantage over other programs that don't have the professional experience.
"I think these guys know how to win," Butt said. "They've won just about everywhere they've been. Offensively we've got a run game coordinator, pass game coordinator then Coach Harbaugh who oversees it all. That's such an advantage for us. Whatever we need to do on first down, second down, third down, we've got guys specializing in those areas."
But what exactly does NFL experience bring to the college game? That answer is easy, according to Butt, gameplanning for NFL teams is much different compared to gameplanning for college programs.
Being able to communicate that to the players is an advantage in itself.
"They've gamplanned against NFL teams," Butt said. "NFL teams are going to be really good at disguising at what they're doing. When you go through something as hard as that, it probably makes it a little easier on the college level to communicate to us what we've got to get done."