DETROIT, Mich. -- Michigan is returning a very deep defense from a year ago. Barring any major health issues, fans saw glimpses of what the defensive line was capable of with rotating players that made an impact a year ago.
Now heading into a season where the defense must learn a slightly different defensive scheme, U-M defensive lineman Chris Wormley is seeing himself, and the rest of the defensive line, having fun flying around the field is much blitz-happier defense than a season ago.
"I think a year ago with Coach Durkin, and obviously its a new defense this year, we're flying around a lot more this year and having more fun," Wormley said. "There's a lot more guys that have played a lot of football. Not only the starters but there's some second stringers and there's some backups, even the new guys coming in have made an impact. Like Coach Harbaugh said, I think we're further ahead than we were a year ago."
Earlier in the spring, Wormley mentioned that this defensive line has the makings of being one of the best in the country. With depth returning at full health and the number one recruit in the nation coming in the fall, Wormley could see his prediction become a reality this season.
With the "what ifs" aside, Wormley is still doubling down on his claims.
"Yeah, why not?" Wormley said. "We have some pretty good players, we've got some pretty good guys and Coach Brown has a great defense and a great scheme for us so I'll definitely back that up."
Wormley's teammate Jourdan Lewis also proclaimed that the Wolverines secondary could also be one of the best in the country. With two areas proclaiming that they can be the best, by default it means that the both are proclaiming that the U-M defense can be the best in the nation.
According to Wormley, he doesn't see why not.
"We were pretty close last year," Wormley said. "Coach Brown had statistically the best defense at BC so you put those three together and its going to be pretty hard to stop us."