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After the excitement that was NSD, I'm still starved for substantive discussion before spring practice starts. After reading some of the ESPN Way Too Early Top 25 thread, someone mentioned that they expect this defense to be tops in the nation. My question is whether anyone foresees any issues transitioning to Don Brown's defensive schemes coming off last year.
This defense will be crazy talented and experienced. The d-line has 7-8 starter quality players and multiple stars. The secondary has 2 incredibly high caliber athletes and good experience. The linebacker corps is definitely the weakest of the 3 defensive units, but with Peppers playing the hybrid blackhole of space position, UM will likely only need 2 fulltime 'backers.
Just as I expect the returning offensive players to improve after having another year in the Harbaughffense, I think it naturally follows to ask whether the defense may take some time to adjust to Brown's style. Fortunately, Michigan's first 3 games are against teams that were fairly abysmal last year and are all at home. Colorado had 4 wins last year which is more than Hawaii and UCF combined. That builds in some nice cushion for the defense to learn the nuances of the scheme. Frankly, the D line should have no problem adjusting because other than run fits and select drop coverages, their complexity is likely limited to stunts and twists. The secondary plays a lot of press man, and that won't change much. So it really boils down to the LBs.
While last year's D handled pro style offenses well, once Glasgow went out and they played spread offenses or IU, things went south. There are some potentially mitigating factors (read: Durkin packing his bags during OSU week), but nevertheless, do you expect there to be any growing pains as this talented, experienced D adapts to Brown's schemes and likely integrates 2 true freshmen and essentially a new LB corps?
Re-live "The Trey."
Marv Albert: "Burke brings it down...5 seconds...fires the threeee..."
Steve Kerr: "OHH!!"
Marv Albert: "...AND THE GAME IS TIED! HE'S TIED IT!"
Steve Kerr: "ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!"
UM 5 star 2015 commit Damien Harris was only given 11 carries this past Friday.
He gained 266 yards and 5 TD's, and came out of the game only two minutes into the second half.
Yeah. That be crazy. Must've ate subs.
EDIT: follow the link through to the original link, and it shows that Harris actually did even better. Still left two minutes into the 3rd quarter but finished with 13 carries for 352 yards. Should've played the entire game and gone for that ellusive 700-yards-in-a-game mark.
Video link from comments below: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/o/590626/highlights/63096376
Hahahahahahaahahahahah (now thinking about Peppers highlights also) Lolololololololololol
Disclaimer: It's a freep article and sorry if this has been posted. Didn't see anything yet.
The video clip is benign, but the comments in the article could possibly add some extra motivation for Burke and company in tomorrow's game.
The liveblog almost didn't happen.
Things could have gone horribly wrong.