Harbaugh addresses roster controversy ahead of season opener

In just five days, the No. 11 Michigan football team will kick off its 2017 season against No. 17 Florida in the AdvoCare Classic at ATT Stadium in Dallas.

Yet, exactly which Wolverines will take the field Saturday is still to be determined.

As is his tradition, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has not released his team’s roster nor announced his starting quarterback. Much attention has been paid to his refusal to share that information with the public, and he seems both aware and dismissive of it.

At Harbaugh’s season-opening press conference Monday, members of the media received a 2017 roster made up only of former players who are currently in the NFL. Harbaugh then took to the podium to describe the outside noise as much ado about nothing.

“I have not heard Florida announce who their starting quarterback would be,” Harbaugh said. “… We’d like to have that information from them. I’m sure they’d like to have it from us. Right now, neither is giving that information.”

Harbaugh, of course, is referring to the ongoing position battle in Gainesville, where Notre Dame graduate transfer Malik Zaire, redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks and redshirt junior Luke Del Rio are currently challenging for the starting job. Gator coach Jim McElwain has even suggested that all three could see playing time against the Wolverines.

While some might write off Harbaugh’s reluctance

Article source: https://www.michigandaily.com/section/football/harbaugh-addresses-roster-controversy-ahead-season-opener

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