Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh draws season-opening inspiration with letter from U.S. Marine


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Jim Harbaugh draws inspiration from the military

Following Michigan’s 33-17 win against Florida in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday, coach Jim Harbaugh brought out a letter that he read to the Wolverines prior to the game. Harbaugh receives a lot of letters, but the one he read came from Anthony Riddle, a Marine sergeant from Jackson, Mich. Riddle encouraged the Wolverines to rise to their best against the Gators, despite their youth. Riddle, Harbaugh, explained, was 20 years old when he first served in Iraq.

“Just to hear that letter and say, OK, there’s 18- , 19-year-old guys going over there defending our freedom,” Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight said Saturday. “Why can’t we step out on the field in Cowboys Stadium and play a simple game of football?”

MLive.com profiled Riddle in 2013, 10 years after his initial deployment to the Middle East.

Quinn Nordin dials long distance at AT&T

Many remember Michigan kicker Quinn Nordin for two things. One, he made a music video in July of 2015 in which announced his commitment to Penn State. Two, his family hosted Harbaugh for a sleepover disguised as a recruiting visit in January 2016.

Nordin’s efforts against Florida may move a new memory to the forefront. Nordin went 4 for 6 on field goals Saturday, including a 55-yarder in the second quarter that cut Florida’s lead to 17-13 and a 50-yard field goal in the third quarter extended the Wolverines’ lead to 26-17. Nordin missed a 52-yard attempt in the fourth quarter, but his 55-yard kick set an AT&T Stadium field-goal record for a collegiate game.

Ty Isaac goes the distance

Michigan running back Ty Isaac was benched for the final six games of the 2015 season, his first in Ann Arbor after transferring from USC and sitting out a season. He learned from the benching, and was part of a four-player platoon at running back in 2016. The fifth-year senior opened 2017 with a splash, leading all rushers with 114 yards against Florida.

Seeing double in Michigan’s recruiting class

Michigan recruits Ge’mon and German Green are defensive backs from DeSoto, Texas, and two of the 13 players who currently committed to the Wolverines’ 2018 freshman class. Land of 10’s Kevin Goheen caught up with the Green twins Friday in Dallas, and found out how people actually tell them apart.

On the air

Michigan hosts Cincinnati at noon ET Saturday in its home opener at Michigan Stadium. If you can’t get to Ann Arbor, ABC will air the game. Michigan and Cincinnati meet for the first time; former Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell opened his first season as head coach of the Bearcats with a 26-14 win Thursday against Austin Peay.

Meanwhile, Michigan’s win against Florida drew a 5.0 overnight rating — ESPN’s highest-rated non-prime-time opening-weekend game ever.

Jim Harbaugh in another commercial

PlayStation aired a new commercial this weekend that stars Jim Harbaugh and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, as well as several former college players who are now in the NFL.

This led to speculation that PlayStation could be preparing to release a new college football video game, its first since 2013. But, as Uproxx noted, “it could very well just be a thing that’s aired to promote PlayStation.”

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