The Spring Game is here and everyone will finally get to see what Harbaugh looks like on the Michigan sideline at the Big House. While that will be a sight to see, here are my top five things to watch during the 2015 spring game:
1. Jim Harbaugh
Fans, alumni, former players, camera lenses, media members and the majority of the country will tune into the Michigan spring game for one main reason……to see Jim Harbaugh run out of the tunnel in the Maize and Blue once again. It will be a goose bump worthy moment for most Wolverine fans, including the 300 former players that will be in attendance.
2. Quarterback play
While everyone will be tuning in to see Harbaugh, the real Michigan fans will be keeping an eye on the quarterbacks the entire game. Morris, Malzone and Speight will all have their best shot at showing the coaches and fans who should be the guy coming out of camp, and who will be the guy to battle graduate transfer Jake Rudock throughout preseason camp.
From the practice reports, Malzone and Morris have been the best quarterbacks with the true freshmen being the most poised and the junior having the best arm talent. But don’t count out Speight just yet, he’s had his bright spots in practice. However, at the end of the day I believe Malzone will be the guy most fans feel the best about running Harbaugh and Drevno’s offense.
3. The atmosphere
Since the hiring of Rich Rodriguez, there has been a dark cloud hanging over the Michigan football program. But with the hiring of Harbaugh, the belief and optimism is back in the alumni and fan base, and it should be shown by the crowd before and during the game. I expect it to look more like a fall game day than it has in years past, and that includes tons of tailgaters and a loud and excited crowd from the first touch of the banner.
With the crowd into the game, it will only motivate the players even more. Add in the spring draft and competitive nature that Harbaugh and the staff have instilled in the players already, and I believe this will be one of the best spring games in recent memory.
4. The visiting recruits
I couldn’t get through this without talking about the recruits. And for good reason (besides the fact that it’s kind of my thing), this will be one of the top visiting weekends of the year and game day atmospheres tend to bring out the commitments.