I've never seen a Michigan practice and this is more a general question than Michigan specifically because I'm sure most teams are doing similar things, but watching the little practice videos I wonder how much benefit they get out of some of these drills and if their limited time could be put to better use.
For example they showed the video of the defense firing off at the snap of the ball and then having all eleven guys chase the ball down the sidelines.
At this point I would think they know they need to hustle if they want to play at Michigan and they are getting their conditioning in with Barwis so these seem remedial things to be doing.
It just seems to me that they should do a lot of this fundamental work on their own and that practice should be dedicated to learning schemes and having guys battle one on one so the coaches can see their weaknesses and work on them on the spot. Having all these guys go thru drills half ass seems like a waste, but maybe they are getting more out of it than it looks.
Also it appears some of the stuff they are doing could easily be turned into a workout by Barwis, does anybody know the rule on this. For example if Barwis had Q.Washington staying low under those little canopys pushing a medicine ball, I would think that would be a good workout that also doubled as a position drill.
Could that be considered illegal?