Many of the players on the Michigan football team say that preparation will be the key to success this season.
The idea of preparation has been ingrained into their minds. The idea wasn't embedded by talking, the team lived through it each day during fall camp.
U-M offensive lineman Kyle Kalis has said before that the team might be uniquely prepared for success this season because of U-M head coach Jim Harbaugh's grueling camps and expectations for his players. In fact, Kalis even tried to see what his friends were doing in other camps.
And, in natural Harbaugh fashion, nothing else compares.
"Some of my friends (in other camps) that I've talked to, they wake up at 7 or 8 (a.m.,) get off at like 2 or 3 (p.m.,)" said Kalis. "Usually, we'll start at 6:30, first meeting is at 7 and we'll go until 8:30 or 9 at night. Just non-stop."
Harbaugh even goes as far as leaving his players completely in the dark so they have no idea what comes next. Quite like last season showed many, always expect the unexpected.
"We get the schedule usually at 11:30 at night," said Kalis. "It's a nice little surprise in the morning. Everyone sets their alarm for early and be ready for whatever comes. It definitely makes you not be able to be complacent and makes you not be able to feel comfortable. I think coach Harbaugh loves to keep us on our toes. It's been working."