Jim Harbaugh notes freshmen are "heating up competitive waters"

Not one to single out his players, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh did just that when he listed off some true freshman impressing so far during fall camp.

Michigan's fall camp is well underway.

While the most fiercest of competitions will be at the quarterback spot, the Wolverines brought in a plethora of talent in the 2016 recruiting class that are looking to usurp the older players on the team.

U-M head coach Jim Harbaugh has shown in the past that he's not afraid to play true freshman if they have earned the right to play and it appears there could be a handful of others that are pushing people ahead of them in the depth chart to make things interesting.

"Some young guys are playing very well," Harbaugh said. "Devin Asiasi had a heck of a day today, Mike Onwenu, one of my favorites, is doing a heck of a good job. Ben Bredeson doing an outstanding job, Rashan Gary is a really good football player. The young linebackers are doing really well, the young receivers are doing a good job.  Chris Evans is one of the most outstanding of them all. Khaleke Hudson is doing a good job, Dylan Crawford is doing a good job. Quinn Nordin is also doing a good job.

"There are some really good players in that class, they've heated some of the competitive waters at multiple positions. That's a good thing."

Harbaugh mentioned that Onwenu, currently listed as 350-pounds on the official roster, is playing both on the offensive and defensive lines. For Evans, he is playing some slot receiver and running back.

As far as how many true freshmen Harbaugh plans to play this season, he didn't give a specific number. He also mentioned that the older players on the team are feeling the heat behind them and they are not looking to relinquish their snaps any time soon.

"I don't know," Harbaugh said. "Right now its competitive. I don't see any of our older guys just giving their jobs away, I don't see that happening. Not through the nine practices, not saying that for one minute. It's still to be determined but there's heated up waters, more than any team I've ever been on where a group of new guys are showing they are on track to be starters or back-up players. It's still to be determined, they've got to be able to do over the course of a couple of weeks. It'll be exciting to watch, some of them will and some of them won't. The best players will play, regardless of class."


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