The disappointment of Michigan's run defense has created a chicken little mentality that we won't be able to stop the Big Ten's power run offenses because of our lack of bulk and that we need to recruit big guys in the middle because we won't be able to stop the run. We are building a defense built on speed, we are not going to have 330lb monoliths in the middle. You can stop the run with quicker guys. Ask USC they seem to do ok. Check with Oklahoma who had their 350lb Olineman humiliated by a bunch of runts when they played WV in the Fiesta Bowl. The answer is not putting Will Campbell in the lineup either. The reason he's not playng is that he is not good enough to play right now. The problem with our run defense is that we have played the scheme for 2 whole games, we were overplaying ND's pass game, and our linebackers are playing terrible. Let's give it some time, we may end up having a terrible run defense, but it won't be because we're too small it will be because we're not good enough either from youth or talent. Give up on your dreams of fat asses clogging the middle.
"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."