On Monday, just days after the Wolverines’ opened their 2023 season with a victory over East Carolina, 9th-year head coach Jim Harbaugh gave us the latest on a rising Michigan football transfer portal duo. Myles Hinton and Drake Nugent — a pair of linemen from Stanford — continue to impress in Ann Arbor despite a slower start for the offensive line.
Latest buzz on Michigan football transfer portal duo
On Saturday, both Myles Hinton and Drake Nugent — a Michigan football transfer duo from Stanford — got their first starts in the Maize and Blue. While the offensive line was not as impressive as most anticipated, these two still played well enough against ECU for head coach Jim Harbaugh to take note during his media availability on Monday morning.
“I thought they played really well,” Jim Harbaugh said of his two starting transfer portal linemen. “Myles (Hinton) has had a great camp, and it was great to see him go out there and play extremely well. The pass protection was as good as you could hope for. There was a blitz scheme, some good blitz plans, and they were executing them too, and we were picking them up. So that was a huge, huge positive. All that was in there was protected really well. And you know the center has a lot to do with that and making the calls and adjustments up front. They both played really well.”
Myles Hinton unimpressed with his own performance
That said, Myles Hinton was available shortly after, was was not too happy with his first game with Michigan football. While he is certain that everything will get worked out, he was not impressed with his own performance.
“It was crazy — It was way different than anything else I’ve experienced,” Michigan football right tackle Myles Hinton said yesterday. “Even playing away games at like places like Notre Dame, where there are a lot of fans, just having people cheer for you is kind of crazy … I still kind of get anxiety. Like the crowd goes wild. ‘Oh, God, what went wrong?’ because you’re used to going to these big away games.
“I don’t feel (that he played) very well, to be frank,” Hinton continued. “My feet were all over the place. I just need to calm down and settle in and get with the program because I didn’t play like I practiced. I played like I was unsure — I felt like I played out of character … It could be anything, but that’s what I put on film, so I gotta deal with it. I don’t really know what contributed to it, but we’ll figure it out, and we’ll fix it for the next game, for sure. I guess I need to tell myself to lock in, to do better. Like, you’re not beating yourself right now.”
More opportunity for Hinton and Drake Nugent to improve this weekend
Regardless, the Wolverines still left Week 1 with a solid 30-3 victory and will look to improve their play and pick up another win this weekend when the UNLV Rebels come to town. Unlike last weekend, offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Sherrone Moore will be back in the stadium for game day now that he has served his one-game suspension.
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