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Jim Harbaugh: Wilton Speight, Quinn Nordin both ‘wired’ for success

September 5, 2017

Jim Harbaugh continued his praise for redshirt freshman kicker Quinn Nordin on Tuesday.

Appearing on The Dan Patrick Show, the Michigan football coach called it “remarkable” that Nordin set a program record for kicking two 50-plus yard field goals in the win over Florida.

“Quinn’s wired (for that) — he’s that kind of guy,” Harbaugh said. “He likes the pressure moments. He visualizes them.”

Harbaugh said Nordin, from Rockford, told him during the recruiting process he envisioned himself in a Michigan uniform, from the right hash line, kicking a game-winning 43-yard field goal against Ohio State.

For those who forgot, Nordin was the recruit who famously hosted Harbaugh for a sleepover in his home two years ago.

“That always stood out in my mind, the most of any conversation I’ve had with Quinn and his family,” Harbaugh said. “That he was thinking about that in high school, and he was thinking about that for Michigan.”

Nordin went 4 for 6 in field-goal attempts on Saturday, and successfully converted both point-after attempts.

Meanwhile, Harbaugh continues to defend his starting quarterback, Wilton Speight, who threw interceptions on back-to-back drives against Florida.

“I’ve been there,” Harbaugh said. “And I’ve been there enough times to know complete humiliation and been humbled. So, you’re hardened to it.”

Harbaugh said he’s found it unproductive when a coach yelled at him for making a mistake. Instead, he says, the task then becomes trying to flip the momentum.

In this case, Harbaugh benched Speight for the remainder of the first half, before bringing him back in the third quarter. He played the balance of the game, finishing 11 for 25 for 181 yards, and, perhaps more importantly, had no more turnovers.

“I was proud and happy that Wilton’s got that in him,” Harbaugh said. “He’s wired that way, that he doesn’t crumble. He doesn’t fall apart. He can stand up and come back and (still keep) firing for the flag.”

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