Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh praises Jim McElwain, Florida defense

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh praised the work Florida coach Jim McElwain has accomplished during his first season with the team.

WINTER GARDEN, Fl. -- The Michigan football team reconvened in Florida on Sunday to prepare for its Citrus Bowl clash against the University of Florida on New Years Day.

After a short break to see family and spend the holiday together, the team is back and raring to get started in hopes the team can achieve its 10th win of the season. U-M head coach Jim Harbaugh was particularly pleased with his team and the quality of practice it had on Sunday.

"Good we got here yesterday, settled in and ready to work," Harbaugh said. "We had a really good practice today, I feel good about it."

Both Harbaugh and Florida head coach Jim McElwain shared a similar trajectory this season. Both taking over a struggling program and leading them to be much improved overall. Harbaugh recognizes the work that McElwain has done in Gainesville and was very complimentary of his opposition.

The two are looking forward to meeting one another.

"It's been very, very impressive and I very much look forward to talking with him," Harbaugh said. "There's a couple of things I want to talk to him about and learn from him about. In terms of the job, we see it on tape. Very, very, very impressive. Very, very good football team."

The Wolverines will have their hands full during the Citrus Bowl, however. With a very aggressive defense that is will full of talent like Vernon Hargraves and Jalen Tabor at corner, the U-M offense will have to be prepared to go against them.

Harbaugh praised the Gator defense and noted how well coached they are.

"They're really good," Harbaugh said. "Just fast, fast, fast. Very, very athletic and very aggressive. (They have) very good coaching, relentless, persistant, attacking defense."

News and Notes:

- Harbaugh mentioned that Jabrill Peppers was "working through something" and didn't commit to whether Peppers would play or not.

- Derrick Green did not make the trip due to an "internal matter."

- Harbaugh said that U-M and Jedd Fisch have come to an agreement to extend his contract beyond this season. Details of that contract were not immediately known.

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