The Michigan defense has a big advocate heading into the 2015 season.
Reporters gathered at the Junge Center on Thursday during the Michigan football team’s annual Media Day festivities. Senior defensive lineman Willie Henry spoke to TheMichiganInsider.com about his excitement this season.
“I’m excited to get back on the field,” Henry said. “It’s been a little too long since I’ve been on the field. Going against new faces, seeing new challenges and what the offensive has in store for us.”
Not only do the Wolverines have a new head coach, but the staff, especially on the defensive side of the football, has seen some changes with D.J. Durkin now taking over defensive coordinator duties.
One thing has remained relatively the same for Henry, however, and that’s Greg Mattison’s presence on the team. Now Henry’s position coach, Henry is pleased with his new defensive coaching staff.
“It’s going well,” Henry said. “With Mattison with the vet and our coach, he can help us break down the defense a little more and D.J. (Durkin) brings a lot of energy into the locker room, to our defense.
“I see nothing but great things for the defense this year.”
Big things are expected for the Wolverine defense this season. Returning many experienced starters, it’s been said that the defense might be considered one of the best in the conference.
For Henry, he took it one step further. He believes the team can go above and beyond being the best in the Big Ten.
“I expect our defense to be the best defense in the country,” Henry said. “We’ve worked so hard in the winter and spring, we want to show everybody how hard we’ve been working behind closed doors. To show everybody what we have in store for the season.”