Harbaugh was an excellent, underrated college player.
by AraStopTheSnow (2014-12-29 22:10:25)
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  In reply to: "schembechler recognized early that Jim Harbaugh was  posted by cj

Gotta give the devil his due. I clearly remember his playing career, and he was the kind of player any coach would love.

His first start as a sophomore, he calmly directed a 21-14 win over Miami when that meant something. He exhibited excellent poise and ball protection -- something we're notably missing these days -- right out of the box. It was widely commented that he played like a coach's son, which of course he was.

His senior year, his stats were remarkably similar to Heisman winner Vinny Testaverde, although nobody seemed to notice because Michigan was regarded as only a running team.

His pro career was mostly lukewarm. Most felt it was because he lacked the mechanics and accuracy of a pure passer. But as a collegian he completed a very high percentage, including a lot of bombs, through good decision-making and keeping plays alive with his feet -- he was fast and a strong runner.


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