Quick hits from Jim Harbaugh's press conference

In a week in which 3rd ranked Michigan will play 2nd ranked Ohio State, Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh has been especially tight lipped

Quick hits from Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh’s weekly news conference today in Ann Arbor. No. 3-ranked Michigan (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten) visits No. 2 Ohio State (10-1, 7-1) at noon Saturday (ABC).

Harbaugh kept things short with most questions this week.

• Asked to describe to Ohioans who he is, Harbaugh said, “Not crazy.”

• Harbaugh said competition with Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is “unique in that it’s at the highest level. Urban’s at the highest level.”

• On facing Ohio State and what’s at stake: “It’s a great opportunity and a tremendous challenge."

• Harbaugh had no update on the status of injured quarterback Wilton Speight. He also did not address whether John O’Korn will start against Ohio State. “It’s a day-to-day process and evaluation,” Harbaugh said. Harbaugh said Speight has gotten better every day but added that he’s not a doctor: “To my eye, he’s looked better every day.”

• On Jabrill Peppers: “Explosive as an athlete. You see it, you feel it. ... He runs by you and you feel it, the wind.”

• On senior safety Dymonte Thomas: “He’s a very good player. Always has been.”

• On why he looks forward to the rivalry with Ohio State: “The competition. That’s the best part of it.”

• On whether he has a favorite memory of the rivalry: “No.”

• On the game week in 1986 and his guarantee of a win, he said he doesn’t remember much. He said the guarantee “did happen. And the outcome of the game, I remember. A long time ago.”

• "Feel like we’re ready to go to battle in a football-fight way. Ready to lead them.”

• On what makes Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett tough to defend: “Slippery. … Times he will put the ball in the tightest of windows. The heady plays he makes, the athletic plays he makes. ... He’s an outstanding player.”


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