Already, No. 22 Michigan (3-1) boasts one of the top secondaries in the country, holding opponents to 121.8 yards per game, good for a No. 5 national ranking.
But why is U-M so good? Why have they given up only two touchdowns this season? Well, having good players like Jourdan Lewis and Jabrill Peppers helps, yes. But also having good players in the rotation, adding to U-M’s depth plays key in their aggressive style of play, says safety Delano Hill.
“Yes, we are deep right now,” Hill said. “It’s probably the deepest it’s been since I have been here.”
Hill is not kidding. U-M plays six, sometimes seven players deep in their secondary, and as a group they have already caused three interceptions with 13 pass break ups this season.
“We had a good training camp this camp,” Hill aid of U-M’s secondary. “It was a good camp. We always working hard, just competing against each other. I think that really got us better all of us working together. That’s basically it.”
But what is most notable this season, is Michigan’s attack on the edge with its corners, putting their CB’s on a island, giving Hill and the other safeties opportunities to help out elsewhere.
“It’s a good thing, you still got help them out,” Hill said of the corners playing tighter coverage. “It’s always comfortable know you got some guy that can go out there and shut somebody down. And sometimes you don’t have to worry about them, you can help somebody else. It’s always good.”
Adding: “I think we are just coming together real well,” Hill said. “Just the safeties playing off the corners, the corners play off the safeties, we got a great D-line, the D-line is doing a great job right now. They putting the pressure on (our opponents), and that’s making it easier on us.”
Michigan plays at Maryland at 8 p.m. this Saturday.