ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan defensive backs coach Mike Zordich might have his work cut out for him this week.
U-M's upcoming opponent, BYU, is bringing a stable of lengthy wide receivers into Ann Arbor on Saturday. That length alone is a clear advantage for the Cougar offense and might cause some problems for the U-M secondary.
Apart from hoping his defensive backs can grow a few inches in just a couple of days the height advantage for BYU is something Zordich will have to live with. After speaking to the media on Wednesday, he understands the challenge they will bring his group of players on Saturday.
"A big, big challenge," Zordich said with a laugh. "6'6, 6'5, 6'3. Really big receivers, good athletes, decent speed. They've got it all and they roll into those guys. They've got four or five really big receivers that they're rolling in every down so they're going to be fresh. We've got a big challenge ahead of us."
Zordich has a specific gameplan for players to try and combat the latter receivers. For a guy like Jourdan Lewis, who is much smaller than the average Cougar receiver, it's going to be a tall task to gameplan around.
"Just physically," Zordich said. "When you line Jourdan Lewis up against a 6'6 guy. When you're as scrappy as Jourdan is, that's a tough match-up. That's how we're going to play it and they've got to fight, for sure."
With all that being said, U-M is fortunate enough to have two lengthy corners in its arsenal as well. Jeremy Clark (6'4) and Channing Stribling (6'2) would match-up well in a height perspective. Does the rotation change in any way to allow Clark and Stribling to see more playing time in passing situations? Not necessarily, Zordich says.
"We're going to keep the same rotation the way we've been doing it," Zordich said. "I'm not going to take out guys. Jourdan has been playing really well, Stribs has been playing really well and Jeremy (Clark) has a nice rotation going so we're just going to keep it the same."