Michigan DE Chris Wormley is looking for more effort plays when U-M suits up against Indiana this Saturday.

Michigan DE Chris Wormley is looking for more effort plays when U-M suits up against Indiana this Saturday.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Ranked the No. 2 total defense in the country, you would think Michigan’s Chris Wormley would be satisfied with how U-M’s defense is performing this season.

Well, according to the Wolverines fourth-year junior defensive end, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

In fact, Wormley isn’t satisfied at all. On Tuesday, he made it a point that U-M could improve defensively in many key areas, with “effort plays” being a major focus.

“Obviously being No. 1 would be better,” said Wormley, who has four sacks and 10 tackles for loss this season. “But (we’ve had) a lot of missed tackles. A lot of effort plays you can see on film people running to the ball, if everyone runs to the ball, the big plays won’t happen, the long runs, long passes wouldn’t be as long as they would’ve been if we would’ve ran to the ball.”

Wormley of course is his own worst critic. After all, Michigan’s defense is only giving up 240 yards per game. But still he knows U-M can play even better. 

“I think it’s mostly the defensive side where you see our mistakes. We know we can be better and be the dominant defense that we are,” Wormley said. “Week in and week out we can always improve. I think that shows what kind of defense that we are, and the kind that we want to have.”

Adding: “I think once you make a mistake, you see what you go back and see what you can do better and fix that mistake,” Wormley said. “If it’s not working out you throw that play out and run the things that are going well.” No. 15 Michigan (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten) plays at Indiana (4-5) this Saturday at 3:30 pm.    


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