The losses have piled up for Michigan through the first six weeks of the 2020 season. The Wolverines sit with a 2-4 record and are fresh off a disappointing 27-17 loss at the hands of previously-winless Penn State on Saturday.

Despite the shortcomings on the field, head coach Jim Harbaugh believes he’s seen improvement and progress throughout the course of the season. Maybe it’s not coming in the form of victories, but the sixth-year leader says the program is still heading in a positive direction.

“There is growth, there is improvement,” Harbaugh told WXYZ in his weekly interview. “We need to build on that as part of the process.”

Harbaugh thought he saw significant progress in two areas this past weekend, despite the loss to Penn State. He says that the defensive secondary played it’s best game of the season and the run game showed flashes throughout the course of the contest against the Nittany Lions.

“I think that was our best game in terms of coverage,” Harbaugh said of the defense. “I think our running game is also — it’s close. It’s right there. Averaged about 9 yards per carry this past game. So, there’s aspects that are improving, guys who are improving and units are improving. So I believe there’s progress being made.”

Michigan has currently paused team activities due to suspected positive COVID-19 tests, though a number of positive results was not provided. The Wolverines are scheduled to play Maryland this weekend.

In two weeks, Michigan is scheduled to play Ohio State.