Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh says he's proud of the success friend, former coworker D.J. Durkin is having at Maryland.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh says he's proud of the success friend, former coworker D.J. Durkin is having at Maryland.

After spending one season as Michigan's defensive coordinator in 2015, D.J. Durkin is now in his first year as the head coach at Maryland.

Looking to build the Terrapins program, Durkin has Maryland just one win away from bowl eligibility, notching two conference wins in five tries to start his tenure.

His former boss, Jim Harbaugh, is very impressed.

"He's done a fabulous job," Harbaugh said Monday. "Just always respected D.J. as a tremendous competitor at the highest level. 

"I smile thinking about his competitiveness and also always happy for a friends success, he's doing a fabulous job, him and his entire staff. The team, you see the energy, you see the strength, you see the competitiveness, execution on the field."

Despite a friendly reunion set to take place prior to Michigan hosting Maryland for a 3:30 kick Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor, the 8-0 Wolverines know the Terrapins pose a threat to the team's goals.

"The flip side of that we know this will be a big game," Harbaugh said. "This will be a championship game, this will be a real test for our club."

Asked whether or not Michigan's preparation or gameplan will change based on the familiarity Durkin has with the Wolverines offense, Harbaugh says the approach will remain the same.


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