ANN ARBOR - Earlier this week, Michigan coach Brady Hoke said he received a late-night text message from offensive tackle Taylor Lewan - no, not that kind of text message.
Instead, Lewan, ever the dutiful captain, informed Hoke that the Wolverines would have to prepare for the aural challenge that comes with playing at Penn State - likely one of the more boisterous crowds in the Big Ten.
To prepare for the crowd noise, quarterback Devin Gardner has been whispering snap counts to the offense during practice this week. Gentlemen, strain your ears.
“We’ll do a little more to prepare for the crowd noise," Hoke said this week. "You’ve got to really send a message about how significant paying attention and being into the game is. You’re on the sideline making adjustments. You’re out on the field, believe me, some guys do get distracted. That’s not a good thing.”
Video may not fully replicate the noise at Penn State's Beaver Stadium, but YouTube has a few minutes of footage:
And the noted "We are ..." stadium-wide chant: