BRADENTON, Fla. – Entering his fifth-year as a Wolverine, defensive end Chris Wormley knows it’s his job to anchor one of the best defensive units in college football.
With a specific focus, he says, on his fellow defensive lineman.
“I am one of the four or five seniors we have on the defensive side of the ball,” Wormley said. “Especially on the D-line, there is a couple young guys we have that are switching positions that haven’t played defensive line as much as me or Taco (Charlton) has. So it definitely gives that chance to be a leader. Being the grandpa of the D-Line and teach the young guys what it is all about.”
Wormley should know, after all, considering he came back to Michigan after his best season in 2015, where he led Michigan with 6.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss to go along with his 43 tackles.
So, does he expect anything different under new defensive coordinator Don Brown?
Simple answer: No.
“I think coach Brown is an older version of (former coach D.J.) Durkin,” Wormley said. “That intensity, fire and passion that he has for defense and coaching the defense is something that we all love, and we are all used to being with coach Durkin last year.”
Adding: “I am still on the tight end a lot, playing that six-technique, and having fun doing it.”
Best D-Line in the country?
Michigan returns Wormley, Ryan Galsgow, Maurice Hurst. Jr., and Taco Charlton, along its defensive front. And return Bryan Mone from injury, plus add Scout’s No. 1 DT Rashan Gary this fall, among others.
That depth alone has Wormely thinking big expectations for U-M’s front four, specifically under coach Brown.
“If you see what we are doing this year with the schemes that coach Brown has for us these past three days, it’s going to be something special,” Wormley said. “Especially with me and Taco coming back, Mo Hurst Jr. in the middle is quick as ever. Then we have Glasgow and Mone coming back, so it’s going to be something special.
“I think this year is taking the next step and without question being the best defensive line in the country.”
Michigan plays its annual spring game on Friday evening on April 1.