Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh opens up about why he beiieves this group of Wolverines is better right now than last year at this time.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh opens up about why he beiieves this group of Wolverines is better right now than last year at this time.

A year ago, Jim Harbaugh didn't know what to expect.

Michigan was heading into spring football practice after a 5-7 finish in 2014, getting to know a brand spanking new coaching staff, all the while dealing with more than a handful of questions on and off the field.

As spring ball nears it's end in 2016, this version of the Wolverines look and feel a whole lot different.

Michigan pieced together an impressive 10-3 finish last fall, Harbaugh has brought stability to the program, and several key players have emerged all over the field.

"Good, competitive football fight and getting better," Harbaugh said evaluating the spring thus far. "In a lot of areas we are (improved), in other areas we need to keep improving. Guys are grinding."

Last spring, Harbaugh harped on the Wolverines playing the game faster on both sides of the ball. 

While that of course changed during the season in 2015, it was still something mentioned following the first game of the season, a loss to Utah.

Now-a-days though, Harbaugh feels his team has progressed past that for a few reasons.

"In a lot of areas," Harbaugh said. "I think it's a better athletic team, I think there's really good awareness, which a lot of times let's that athletic ability come out. 

"I think we're a more competitive team. All the things that I think are the most important things."

Important for Michigan this season will be performing and winning the biggest games on the schedule. The Wolverines lost all three last season, at Utah, and at home against both Michigan State and Ohio State.

This time around, Michigan hopes that will change but with April not yet here, there won't be any guarantees tossed out and about.

"I think we're a better team than we were last year at this time," Harbaugh said. "Whether that means that you're going to win more games doesn't always happen. 

"Just, as a football team, we have a long road to hoe, long way to go. It's a process, we're in it and it's moving along."


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