Durkin Impressed With Marshall’s Improvement

Michigan defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin is seeing a lot of progress with his defense this spring. One player making marked progress from start to finish is freshman defensive end Lawrence Marshall.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- 15 practices is all the Michigan coaching staff has to work with and develop the team before the real off-season hits leading up to fall camp.

During that time, Wolverines first year defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin says he and his staff have thrown quite a bit of information out there as part of Michigan’s defensive scheme.

In addition to installing the defense, the staff is intimately involved with individual player development and technique work.

With just two practices left this spring including the grand finale Saturday in the spring football game at Michigan Stadium, Durkin says it’s staggering how much some of the Wolverines have improved.

“There’s a lot of guys that really made strides throughout the spring,” Durkin said.

“There’s some guys we just pointed out the other day on film that when you look at from day one of spring until now, they made huge strides.”

Asked for any individual examples of night and day transformations showing up on the tape, Durkin singled out a redshirt freshman defensive end.

Lawrence Marshall’s a guy to me, a young guy, a freshman and the first two practices it didn’t look like he could barely line up,” Durkin said.

“And now, he’s out there playing really well for us and we expect him to help us.”

Marshall’s improvement should come as music to Michigan fans ears as the Wolverines are coming off a season that produced 29 sacks, tied with Washington State and Oregon State for 42nd in the nation.

At 6-foot-4, 238-pounds, Marshall could add some much needed pass rushing ability off the edge.

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