Mattison Pleased With Pass Rush 'Effort'

Greg Mattsion is 'happy" with Michigan's pass rush despite the low number of sacks early on this season.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- U-M has only four sacks through its first three games, however, it's not because of a lack of “effort” on the field, U-M defensive coordinator Greg Mattison says.

“I’m happy with their effort,” Mattison said. “I look at our practice. I look at what I see in our practice all the time. I believe what you see in practice, you’re going to see in games. The ball gets out quick a lot of times. You can’t base your pass rush on whether you get sacks or not. The thing you want to look at, is how many times you hitting the quarterback? How many times are you getting to him? I was happy with the way our kids worked.”

Fifth-year senior defensive end, Brennan Beyer, recorded his team-high second sack versus Miami (Ohio) last Saturday. He is the first to admit the impact of a sack, but like Mattison, he says hitting the quarterback can be just as important.

“A sack is a sack,” Beyer said. “A hurry and a hit, they are not as same as hit. But they definitely have an impact on the game and the quarterback. When he feels that pressure, when he gets a big hit hopefully he remembers that [and] throw him off his game a little bit. We get QB hits and hurry them up, it’s definitely going to help us.”

And with Michigan running away with a 34-10 victory over Miami, Mattison still liked what he saw out of his defensive line late in the fourth quarter.

“But when I look at film, one of the biggest things I always look at is the effort.,” Mattison said. “And the technique that they are being taught. I think in that game up front those kids worked very, very hard the whole game. Late in the game that were running to the football like they should. Late in the game they were going as hard they could on the pass rush.

“We’re getting better, we’re getting better at it. Will continue to get better at it.”

Michigan (2-1) plays host to Utah (2-0) this Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

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