somehow we're only 124th
Ever since the pre-season we've been hearing how the defense is great.
Even after the results of the season up to this point - folks still hold out the defense as being very good and having the potential to approach the elite.
Problem is - the results just don't show anything of the sort. The defense is mediocre.
In Defensive FEI (adjusted for opponent strength) Michigan is #50/128.
We're 11th in the B1G behind:
Penn St. (#5)
Ohio State (#38)
Michigan St. (#39)
This is a defense starting:
Beyer: SR - 4 star recruit
Clark: SR - 3 star
Glasgow: RS SO - 1 star
Henry: RS SO - 3 star
Ross: JR - 4 star
Ryan: RS SR - 3 star
Bolden: JR - 4 star
Lewis: SO - 4 star
Taylor: SR - 4 star
Wilson: JR - 4 star
Clark: RS SO - 3 star
Countess: RS JR - 4 star
Their backups include: 5 star: Ondre Pipkins, Jabrill Peppers 4 star: RJS, Ben Gedeon, Terry Richardson, Delano Hill, Tom Strobel,Mike Mcray, Taco Charlton, Henry Poggi, Ross Douglas, Dymonte Thomas, Michael Ferns.
They aren't young - Only ONE starter who has been on campus less than 3 years (Lewis). They aren't lacking raw talent- only one starter who was less than a 3 star (Glasgow), and a total roster that includes 21 4 or 5 star recruits. ...but they are a mmediocre B1G defense.
So what is the story here????
...and why in the world do people keep talking about our "good" defense?
WolverineNation uploaded a video of the Pee Wee (NTPW) team that Devin Funchess, Terry Richardson, James Ross and Royce Jenkins-Stone played on. It has Ross, Richardson and Jenkin's Stone talking and joking about their past Pee Wee team.
I personally think it's awesome that we have 4 guys coming to play for us who have played together for so long.
I found this interesting:
"(MSU coach) Mark Dantonio, I see how he gets a lot of recruits," Ross' father James Sr. said. "He's real personable. He makes them feel comfortable and all that. And I do not know if I can put into words how comfortable (the Michigan visit) made us feel, but (recruiting coordinator) Chris Singletary and Coach Rodriguez really made us feel like we could take our shoes off up there and just chill out. It really felt like home."
From The Detroit News: http://www.detnews.com/article/20100311/OPINION03/3110447/1131/SPORTS020...
I find it nice to hear parents saying stuff like this given all the crap Michigan has taken from the media.