DETROIT -- Jourdan Lewis has a reason to be confident.
Coming off an outstanding junior season, in which Lewis was named an A.P. All-American second teamer and an All-Big Ten first-teamer, Michigan's top cover corner should know what U-M’s secondary is capable of.
According to Lewis, Michigan’s secondary can be the very best in the country.
“The best, I know we can be the best,” Lewis said. “And we just got to keep working and get out here and keep grinding, and we can be one of the best in the country”
And that’s not a bold statement, considering U-M finished No. 3 nationally in 2015, only giving up 158.8 yards passing per game, trailing only Georgia (146.1) and San Jose State (153.6) nationwide.
But this season, however, Lewis maintains U-M’s goal is to continue its excellence in pass defense, to go along with Michigan's goal of winning a national title.
“(Our goal is) number one, undisputed number,” Lewis said. “Our secondary was the number one secondary in the country. But that’s what I am looking for, our unit being the best and, you know, win some of those awards and get a national championship.”
Lewis, who finished a new U-M single season record 20 pass break-ups to go along with his two interceptions in 2015, says he still has the hunger to get better, and now that he’s a senior, he leads more by example in practice for the younger players.
“I stay competitive,” Lewis said. “If the younger guys see you not being as competitive, then they will start lacking and slacking, stuff like that. So you just want to stay competitive and give that energy through your play.”
Adding: “It’s really not much picking up the moral or what you say. It’s about what you do out here on the field. And that translate more, like I said.”
And one thing is clear; Lewis says there will be no drop off in Michigan’s secondary in adjusting to newly hired Don Brown as U-M’s defensive coordinator. “It’s really aggressive,” Lewis said of Brown’s defense.
“Like, that’s what we’ve been trying to do. We’re definitely getting there. We’ve been aggressive; we’ve playing man (coverage). All the things we loved to do last year, we are still doing it.”