Let's face it. Utah's defensive backfield physically dominated Michigan's WR's in 2014. Every time the football was in the air, the Utes rallied to the wide receiver with the intent to punish. They even supported the run game with violence at times. Jim Harbaugh lives and breathes toughness, but the only problem is Jim Harbaugh won't be in uniform. He has to find a way to get the 2015 Michigan Wolverines to play with a mean and nasty disposition on both sides of the football. Toughness could be ...
With all the turmoil over Hoke’s job security and a struggling offense, not enough attention was given to Michigan’s defense. The Wolverines were a Top 30 defense nationally and were a Top 15 rush defense. They had 58 tackles for loss in conference play, which was the 2nd-most in the Big Ten (Ohio State had 65). Michigan has a lot of returning talent on that side of the ball despite losing arguably their 4 best defenders (defensive end Frank Clark, middle linebacker Jake Ryan, and cornerback...
Clip #1 - Utah will try to spread Michigan's defense out in attempt to get the ball in the hands of their "space" players. Utah doesn't have the man power to line up and smash mouth the Wolverines front seven. This is a designed bubble pass. This play will only work if Utah can block Michigan's OLB's and Nickel Backs. Michigan will be in more press coverage so it's going to either be feast or famine. Clip #2 - If Michigan's DC D.J. Durkin tries to defend Utahs spread offense with only 5 men...
The Michigan Wolverines have a long awaited rematch with the Utah Utes coming up this Thursday September 3rd. As I thoroughly dissected the 2014 football game between these two teams, I realized there is much more to think about and talk about besides Jim Harbaugh. Don't get me wrong, I love the hiring of Jim Harbaugh and the staff in which he put together, but Jim is going to have his hands full with the Utes if he hasn't fixed some of the Wolverines biggest problems on offense, defense and spe...
In the first part of this week's chat with former Michigan All-American and current Big Ten Network studio analyst Marcus Ray, he shares his extremely favorable impressions from the first spring practice of the Jim Harbaugh era. Numerous player performances are highlighted. Podcast included. There was a buzz in the air inside Schembechler Hall yesterday. Jim Harbaugh called it the start of the New Year. It was a mood befitting his first spring practice as Michigan’s head football coach. Big Te...
Former Michigan safety and Big Ten Network college football analyst Marcus Ray keeps close tabs on rising U-M redshirt freshman defensive back Jabrill Peppers. So Peppers' tweet about defending the middle of the field didn't escape Ray's notice. He talks about that and more in this exclusive audio segment.
Former Michigan standout and Big Ten Network analyst Marcus Ray breaks down Jim Harbaugh’s recent hires of Tyrone Wheatley, Mike Zordich, and Jedd Fisch. The he shares his thoughts on Michigan competing with Ohio State in the aftermath of the Bucks national championship.Sam Webb: Tyrone Wheatley is back in the house as the running back coach. I’m curious to your take on that to see another one of your own back coaching in Ann Arbor.Marcus Ray: “Honestly out of everything that I’ve seen t...
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