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2018 Michigan Football Preview

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38 ■ THE WOLVERINE 2018 FOOTBALL PREVIEW BY CHRIS BALAS I f ever there were a guy born to work for someone like Jim Harbaugh, Ben Herbert is that man. Rugged, no-non- sense, high expectations of his players — all are traits common to both Michigan's head coach and his first-year strength coach. Their "do the work, no ex- cuses" approach has worked for both guys in their various coaching stops. Perhaps the best evidence of the duo's similarities is summed up in one anec- dote from Herbert's time at Arkansas, where he worked under Bret Bielema from 2013-17. He had followed the coach from Wisconsin, where 'Herb' was a Rose Bowl champion, four-year letterman and two-year starter on the defensive line from 1998- 2001. When he became the team's full-time strength coach in 2009, much was made of a unique in- centive he brought with him. The players who performed best actu- ally got to work out harder and more strenuously, and sometimes more often. Tr a nsforma nce New Strength Coach Ben Herbert's Approach Is Already Making An Impact Herbert played along the defensive line at Wisconsin before spending 11 years on his alma mater's strength and condition- ing staff — the last four as the head man — and then he spent five seasons in the head job at Arkansas. PHOTO BY BRANDON BROWN

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