Gedeon, U-M focused on 'Containing' Mangum

Michigan LB Ben Gedeon discusses the trouble of defending BYU QB Tanner Mangum & more.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum has Michigan's defense on full alert, U-M linebacker Ben Gedeon said on Tuesday..

And he should. After all, he's had a flair for the dramatic, leading No. 22 BYU (2-1) in come from behind victories over Nebraska and Boise State, and fell just short in the Cougars 24-23 loss at UCLA last Saturday. But his ability to make plays on his feet, buying more time for his BYU's big receivers, has Gedoen and U-M's linebacker focused on keeping Mangum where they have better shot to contain him -- inside the pocket.

"He makes a lot of plays outside the pocket scrambling around," Gedeon said of Mangum. "For us, you got to contain the quarterback. The secondary got to do their job."

Michigan (2-1) will have to prepare for Mangum to run on "both sides" of the ball, said Gedeon, adding: "We've seen plays of him going all over the place chucking it up. (BYU's) big receivers go up and catch the ball.

"I think the size they have at wide receiver. They have big fast wide receivers who can go up and catch the ball. We got a great secondary. If they play with technique, I think that's the ultimate neutralizer when there is a mismatch."

Gedeon, who has nine tackles with two tackles for loss this season, admits he's his own worst critic through U-M's first three games, says he has a lot to "improve" on moving forward.

"It felt good to be out there," Gedeon said on his performance so far."There is a lot of things I need to improve on. All of us need to tackle better. Me especially. I didn't tackle well enough. But it's good to have something to go off of and improve from."

However, he did note the added depth at the linebacker position has paid off for Michigan's No. 7 ranked defense, only giving up 236.7 total yardage per game.

"I think we've played well, we've been active," Gedeon said. "I think we got a lot of depth at the position, so we can stay fresh. We need to tackle better. We need to play better. We're trying to improve every game. So this next game the focus is tackling better, just getting around the ball."

Adding: "I think the mindset is the same," Gedeon said of the defense. "Control the controllable: attitude, effort and enthusiasm. That's something we've been doing every week. The schemes will change, but those are things you can control week to week."

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