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The Secondary Thursday, January 16, 2014 2:28 PM (permalink)

On 3rd and at least 10 to go this season, Michigan's opponents went 22 of 39 for 327 yards and 3 touchdowns this season. Not great.

Michigan allowed 42 passing plays of 20 yards or more (No. 69 nationally). That's quite a leap from the 25 it allowed last season. But that's not all. Michigan allowed 10 pass plays of 40 yards or more -- No. 73 nationally.

The Wolverines were gashed plenty this season, perhaps the low point coming in a last-minute 80-yard drive for a game-tying score against Penn State.

The numbers were bad, but Michigan's lack of an athletic, physical shut down corner completely hinders the way Greg Mattison calls his defense. Michigan couldn't blitz the way he wanted this season because he couldn't afford to put his corners on an island in man-to-man coverage.

Taylor and Countess battle like heck for smallish corners, but they're not big. Taylor is 5-foot-10, 183 pounds, Countess is 5-foot-10, 182. Michigan needs more skilled size on the edge defensively.

The good thing here? Jabrill Peppers is on the way. Couple his arrival with increased development of Stribling and Michigan might be in business.

Some ugly numbers there...

Go Blue!!

Ohio St.'s actions are not unlike their lower intestine: stinky and loaded with danger.

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