WINTER GARDEN, Fla. -- As Michigan prepares to take on Florida in this Friday’s Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl, the Wolverines aim to fix some issues in their run game that struggled down the stretch run of Big Ten play.
However, the question remains: Can it be fixed? Well, Michigan offensive coordinator Tim Drevno seems to think so, although he admits it must be a collective effort by both the players and coaches alike.
“Everything, it all starts up front,” Drevno said. “We got to do a better job of running the football. We got to do a better job of protecting. And do a better job in third down situations. These guys have done a really good job of being resilient and keep working. We understand what we need to fix. It’s no just all them -- it’s on the coaches too. So we’re trying to do a better job in that area, too.”
Even with the offensive line struggling to open holes at the end of the season, Drevno maintained that he still saw the necessary improvement from the unit as a whole.
“I really feel that they’ve all done a good job of getting better every game,” Drevno said of offline growth this season. “You can see that, and sometimes you go into a game and the pass game might not be working, you got to run it. The run might not be working then you got to throw it. You know, it’s what you’re dealt. We’ve all been there; sometimes it’s hard to run the football. They got good players up front, you got good players up front, it gets a little sticky in there.”
And U-M’s line will have its last chance at redemption against the Gators on New Years Day, says Drevno.
“I’m not worried one bit, I know this football team will bounce back,” he said. “The offense will, the running backs, the O-line, the fullbacks, the tight ends, quarterbacks, everyone is going to do a great job. They’ve really bought into what we are doing.”
Michigan (9-3) plays against Florida (10-3) on Friday at 1 p.m.