Michigan is trying to prepare for Beaver Stadium's noise
Devin Gardner has been whispering in practice to his center. He has been whispering the snap count so that Michigan can be prepared for the noise of Beaver Stadium. They don't expect to be able to hear well and this is a way of getting ready for all that.
“I thought it was fun,” Gardner said Wednesday to the Detroit Free Press. “It was fun for me, but I don’t know how fun it was for those (other offensive players). They have to wait till the ball is snapped to get a chance to move. But I think that is really good because that’s kind of how it’s going to be when it’s really loud, just like I’m whispering (even) if I’m yelling at the top of my lungs. Graham may be the only person that’s able to hear me, and everyone else is going to have to react.”
Saturday's game is already sold out and it's a White Out. Beaver Stadium is known as one of the loudest stadiums in the country and it will be at its apex.
So quick was Michigan ready to prepare for this noise that offensive tackle Taylor Lewan texted coach Brady Hoke about it last Saturday night. Hoke has yet to coach in Beaver Stadium.
"I know he knew that," Lewan said. "I think it's just different because we haven't played Penn State at Penn State since my redshirt freshman year and aside from me, Cam (Gordon), and maybe like one other guy; no one's really had significant snaps there. The noise isn't really that distracting, you have to be on your p's and q's -- you have to know what your calls are going to be. Sometimes we will be standing face-to-face, and I won't be able to hear myself think or hear you talk. So it's a great atmosphere. I am sure it will be a white-out night game. Penn State's awesome; it's a fun place to play."