The change: From a 4-3 defense to a 3-3-5 set The buzz: Coach Rich Rodriguez had some solid defenses at West Virginia using the 3-3-5, and after two seasons of watching the Wolverines bumble and stumble on defense, he obviously decided to give up the ghost and switch to the 3-3-5. One problem: The secondary is extremely young and lacks depth, which could make things mighty interesting this season. On the other hand, Michigan's linebackers struggled mightily last season and Rodriguez's 3-3-5 asks them to make fewer reads, which -- theoretically, at least -- should lead to more production. While there are five defensive backs, two of the safeties will line up near the line of scrimmage, meaning the Wolverines will have eight men in the box. Michigan gave up 171.9 rushing yards per game last season, and coaches think the scheme change will help that number go down.
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