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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Confidence can take you a long way in football. You need it in order to succeed.
And right now, Jourdan Lewis is confident in himself, and the rest of U-M's secondary, saying they can be the "best" in the country.
"We can be the best, honestly, in the country," Lewis said. "If we continue to use our technique. We just need to get the ball back, honestly. And we need to improve on turnovers. That's the main goal."
Lewis has a point. U-M's group could be the best. In fact, led by Lewis' four pass break ups in Michigan's 28-7 win over UNLV, the Wolverine secondary now ranks No. 13 nationally, only giving up 144.0 yards passing per game.
Not bad, considering Lewis suffered a concussion in his previous game against Oregon State. However, he credits his success against the Rebels to his technique, a word he preached during Monday's press conference.
"Just used my technique, you know, just trying to get back as fast as possible form that concussion," Lewis said. "Just excited to be out there, to be honest."
On Saturday, Michigan (2-1) will play host to arguably its biggest test of 2015, when No. 22 BYU (2-1) comes to town. The Cougars, who have played a gauntlet of a schedule already, bring with them tall athletic receivers on the outside. But length isn't an issue says Lewis, again he focused on U-M's secondary playing with technique.
"It really doesn't matter to me," Lewis said, who noted U-M will watch film on BYU today. "Small receiver, large receiver, it's all the same honestly - just use my technique."
That being said, if Michigan is going to be successful against BYU, Lewis said they must create turnovers on defense, as well.
"It's a huge motivator," Lewis said. "We are always preaching to get the ball back and limiting opportunities for the other team to score. If any opportunities present themselves, we have to make on those -- and make sure they don't get points."
Michigan next plays host to BYU next Saturday at noon ET.