Harbaugh play says plenty
Harbaugh: Play says plenty WOLVERINES, from Page 1F points a game. Not great, Michigan quarterback coach Jerry Hanlon said, but awfully good. : "Jim is a competitor who exercises intelligence and uses his skills to his best advantage," Hanlon said. "He throws the ball very well and in the right places. And he is a tireless worker in the film room, weight room, in running He's doing a good job of playing within our offense, and he is a good college student. All of this, I think, is a credit to his father." Jim's father, Jack Harbaugh, Western Western Michigan's football coach, was a U-M U-M U-M defensive backfield coach from 1973 to 1979. He used to take Jim to prac tices, and Jim was always playing toss with U-M U-M U-M players, swiping their sweat bands, helping out in prep summer football camps and hanging around coach Bo Schembechler. "I REMEMBER ONE day Bo said, 'What ya' up to Jimmy!' " said Jack Harbaugh, "and Jim answered, 'Oh, not much Bo! What ya' up to!' Bo said to me, 'You know, there's something about that little kid I really like.' "So Jim has been around that program program for some time. The thing I always noticed about him was that he is intensely intensely competitive. His teachers used to say he was so competitive that they thought he was abnormal. Actually, it's his greatest asset." Jim played at Ann Arbor Pioneer his sophomore year before finishing his prep career in Palo Alto, Calif., where his father became an assistant at Stanford. Stanford. Jim was redshirted his freshman season at Michigan but traveled with the team and learned from quarterback Steve Smith. He was the No. 3 quarterback quarterback his sophomore season and played in three games, completing two of five passes for 26 yards. He started early last season, but his season came crumbling apart in the fifth game against Michigan State. The Wolverines Wolverines were 3-1 3-1 3-1 at the time, and Harbaugh Harbaugh had passed for 718 yards and three touchdowns. "We (Western) had just played against Northern Illinois when I got the long-distance long-distance long-distance call; I knew it was trouble," trouble," Harbaugh said. "They told me Jim had fractured his arm. I got to the hospital and it was already in a cast. It was an emotional thing for all of us. "So Bo walks in and looks him right in the eye and says, 'OK, you're out for the rest of the season, no bowl game, no spring practice. Now it's time to go with your academics.' Bo helped put the whole thing into perspective. And so Jim says, 'Bo, will you do me a favor? Bo, don't forget about me.' The kid wanted to come back. And later he told me, 'Dad, I got hurt going after the ball.' He took some solace in going down as a 'man.' "