Michigan, Florida dealing with different issues before opener

While Florida coach Jim McElwain is trying to find enough players to fill roster spots for Saturday’s opener, Michigan offensive coordinator Tim Drevno is feeling “really good” about where his offense is as the clock clicks closer to Texas and the showdown with the Gators.

“Guys have really prepared well, got a great game plan, the focus is there, everything you’re looking for to be successful, so we’re really excited about it,” said Drevno during Wednesday’s press conference at Schembechler Hall.

The last time we heard from the offensive coach was only a few days into training camp when they were in the early stages of putting pieces to the puzzle. His confidence in the talent the Wolverines have on offense has only grown as camp has moved into the final days.

“We feel very confident about the guys that we have,” he said. “You always kind of wonder how’s the game going to take place, what’s the situation that’s going to come up, the calls that need to be made in critical situations and things but in terms of confidence behind this team, I’m 100 percent confident in what we have in the locker room and the core group of guys that we have. It’s an exciting time.”

While Drevno wasn’t going to name names, he knows the names of the players lined up to fill the opening game starting positions.

“Yeah, we know,” said Drevno, now in his third year running the Wolverine offense. “We know, absolutely.”
It’s not about secrecy or being a young team for Drevno. It’s about “Michigan football.”

“We’ve got a job to do inside this facility and it’s about us, it’s about the family,” he said. “You just don’t want to say too much, you know. We want to be good at what we do. It’s about Michigan football.”

“Florida football” seems to be something totally different these days.

The Gators have now suspended 10 players for at least the season opener. Joining the list this week were running back Jordan Scarlett and wide receiver Rick Wells.

Michigan has yet to announce its QB on Saturday – fourth-year junior Wilton Speight, redshirt freshman Brandon Peters and fifth-year senior John O’Korn are the candidates. Expect Coach Jim Harbaugh to go with experience and roll with either Speight or O’Korn.

Meanwhile, the Gators will go with youth.

Florida will go with redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks as the starting QB when the Gators face the Wolverines. Franks, who will be making his first career start, beat out incumbent starter Luke Del Rio and Notre Dame transfer Malik Zaire.

When asked about playing in such a big stadium like AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Drevno replied with the perfect response.

“We play in a big venue every weekend,” he said. “(We) just prepare. We’re Michigan, man. We play in big games. That’s who we are and that’s why we’re here.”

 

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