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What's happening with our secondary?
Wednesday, October 02, 2013 9:10 PM
Through four games, Michigan has defended an astounding 162 passes, more than all but 12 Division I teams. That number gets more interesting when considering the quality of the opponents the Wolverines have faced. Notre Dame attempted 53 passes. Akron, 49. UConn, 32.
And while Michigan has done a fine job against those 162 attempts — allowing just over 50 percent of those passes to be completed — teams wouldn’t be attacking the secondary unless they saw gaps on film.
So it begs the question, is the play from Michigan’s defensive backs so strong that no one’s job is safe, or is it so weak that everyone has an opportunity to earn playing time?
At times, it looks like the former, but at times against UConn, it looked like the latter.
There are desperate situations, and then there is the conversion UConn had to complete in Michigan’s last defensive play two weeks ago. Down three with less than two minutes to go, the Huskies had a fourth-and-29 from their own 33-yard line. They needed a miracle to convert.
UConn wide receiver Deshon Foxx ran a simple post route down the middle of Michigan’s secondary for a 26-yard completion. Michigan was a missed tackle away from a massive fourth-down conversion given up with the game on the line.
On the other side of the field, toward Michigan’s sideline, Avery had been beaten over the top on a straight-up fly route. One flick of the wrist in the other direction from the quarterback and it would have easily been a first down, maybe even a bigger gain than that.
We have a thread about the RBs. We have a thread on the OL. We have a thread on Gardner. What the hell, lets start one on the DBs.
What says you?
Ohio St.'s actions are not unlike their lower intestine: stinky and loaded with danger.