Wormley: Defense Needs to be a 'Strength'

Following a disappointing 2014 season, Michigan's defense gets it's first crack at redemption opening up the season Thursday night at Utah. Led by a very motivated and versatile Chris Wormley up front, he says the Wolverines are just ready to hit someone else, first and foremost.

Listen to Michigan defensive lineman Chris Wormley speak for two seconds and the anticipation is easy to hear.

The Wolverines are now two days from kicking the 2015 season off with a rematch at Utah Thursday night. Not only that, but Wormley and the defense will now be provided the first opportunity to bounce back after a disappointing 2014 campaign.

Add in the fact that Michigan's offense could once again be a work in progress from the get go and there's plenty to be excited about with the world watching all the action from Salt Lake City.

"I think every year you want to come in, depending on which side of the ball you play on, you want to be the strength of the team," Wormley said. "Like I said with the depth and experience I think we have on the defense, I think that's one of our strong points on the team, is defense.

"And I think that we can carry us however long it takes for the offense to get going and see what they can do."

That is the question on everyone's mind: what will Michigan's offense look like Thursday night against Utah?

Anyone's guess will do with Jim Harbaugh continuing to publicly list Jake Rudock or Shane Morris as the first string quarterback, along with several other starting positions still in need of a clear cut leader.

With the offense sputtering a year ago, Michigan's defense failed to live up to the challenge as a unit desperately needing to keep the Wolverines in games. This time around, that could all change under new defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin.

"We're just ready to hit someone else, tackle someone else, score touchdowns against someone else, get sacks against someone else," Wormley said.

"And show the country what the Michigan Wolverines have been doing in this so called submarine that Coach Harbaugh's been talking about."

As ready as Wormley and the defense is to face live competition against someone without a winged helmet, the idea of emerging from camp sounds just as appealing.

"The 15 hours a day, seven days a week at Schembechler Hall is taking a tax on your body but it's all for the good and it's all Coach Harbaugh has talked about being in the submarine," Wormley said.

"Really put in that work. But it's nice to start focusing on Utah, start focusing on the game plan and getting ready to fly out and play the best game we can play Thursday."


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