Having only now recovered somewhat from a 3 day panic attack, I have taken a look at what Michigan has left in the secondary. While their mission at this point with the amount of youth in play is a dauting one, there is remaining stock in the defensive secondary. In order for the secondary to be serviceable, not great, not really even good, not really even average, but just sufficient to place on a D1 field and be viable, I think the following moves need to be made. I am not playing D coordinator here, just a layperson's opinion as to what needs to transpire to patch this gaping hole.
1. One of the bandit recruits needs to play a traditional safety position, and now. My guess, based on high school game film and news out of summer practice is that such person would be Marvin Robinson. Reason, see number 2.
2. More than one, possibly more than 2 of those listed (either playing as or recruited as) safety are going to have to move to corner. From the looks of things, body type, game film, and strengths and weaknesses, Carvin Johnson (I know he is true freshman and a raw one at that), Teric Jones, and possibly even a Floyd Simmons/Thomas Gordon are going to have to move to corner and contribute. Michigan is actually fairly deep, if you will, at players that theoretically play safety, though often not very well. I think the Adkins diet and a lot of game film are in order for many such players.
3. Despite RR's assurances to the contrary, I think that one or two offensive players are going to have to convert. Notwithstanding the above, the glaring problem in the secondary despite the make-do-able personnel is speed. As we have seen in the past, most notably from Morgan Trent, a wide receiver with speed that can learn the position or cornerback, and possibly even safety. Michigan has 67 wide receivers, most young, and many right in the 6'0, 185 range. I think by seasons end, and possbly by summers end, we are going to see some of these receivers convert to the defensive side of the football.
If there is any more attrition back there, all bets are off. Sure there are going to be nicks and dings, but the remainder of our defensive backfield needs to stay healthy and improve. I think there will be substantial bleeding at the beginning of the season, I have gone from hoping to beat both UConn and ND, to hoping (and believing) that we will still win one of those games despite the the developing situation in our defensive backfield. The good news is, as last year showed, quick starts are often fools gold. Hopefully the experience that a lot of the young DBs gain due to the current situation will pay off, and this team can improve as the season progresses instead of the other way around.