Jourdan Lewis: We've got to work tempo

Junior cornerback Jourdan Lewis wasn't thrilled with his performance Thursday night. Combine that with fatigue issues with a high tempo Utah offense, the U-M defense has things to work on for the future.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Some might say that the defensive back position wasn’t an area of concern during Michigan’s 24-17 loss to Utah last Thursday.

However, for junior cornerback Jourdan Lewis, he was not particularly thrilled with his performance despite the Utes number one receiver only recorded two receptions the entire game.

“I could’ve did better,” Lewis said. “I could’ve picked off two balls that I had the opportunity to have that I didn’t capitalize on those opportunities. I don’t think I had a good game. If we don’t make those plays, his stats don’t matter to us. If we’re not changing the momentum of the game, you’re not making turnovers, it really doesn’t matter.”

U-M’s defense found itself in trouble during various parts of the game, especially when Utah sped up its offense to a higher tempo. According to Lewis, the defense found itself with fatigue due to higher speeds and it’s something it will need to adjust to going forward.

Something, he says, defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin has calling for during practice.

“It was fatigue,” Lewis said. “So we just gotta get ready for tempo teams in practice. We’ve got to practice tempo. That’s what coach Durkin was talking about us doing every day, we’ve got to work tempo. As long we get used to tempo teams, we’ll be able to defeat it.”

The season is still early with a chance to bounce back Saturday against Oregon State at Michigan Stadium.

In order to do that, Lewis says, his defensive back corps just needs to keep working.

“We’ve just got to keep working,” Lewis said. “That’s all it is. Obviously we are better with man press, we’ve just got to keep working at that.”

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