A key component of Don Brown’s defense is his defensive backs ability to come down and stop the run.
It’s a component that senior cornerback Channing Stribling admits he worked on more since transitioning to Brown’s defensive this spring.
“He’s talked to me about it a lot though this season,” Stribling said of his talks with Brown. “Just making sure you can tackle. Coming in on run support is a lot (what our) defense is for corners to come run support.”
As a junior, Stribling appeared in 11 games, finishing with 17 tackles, including 14 solo tackles, and doesn't see it being an issue if ask to make more tackles in run support.
“I’ll be alright though,” he said.
Although, he did admit he told Brown he won’t be tackling anyone in practice anytime soon.
“I told him in the game, I’m going to make a tackle, in practice I might not,” Stribling said. “It’s just different a different mindset. In practice I don’t want to hurt anybody or nothing. If I don’t hurt someone, somebody (won’t) hurt me.”
However, Michigan’s defense, which finished as the No. 4 total defense a season ago, giving up only 281 yards per game, still has the same swagger, says Stribling.
“Same defense, same kind of guys,” Stribling said. “I think we’ve all created a confidence in one each, since we’ve been playing with each other so long out confidence level is so high right now.”
Freshman CB’s Turning Heads
Highly touted freshman cornerback David Long Jr. is quickly earning a reputation as a hard worker in practice, says Stribling of the four-star standout out of California.
“He’s a very smart guy. He’s very confident in himself. He carries practice like it’s a game,”Stribling said of Long Jr.
But there is another freshman who is standing out, too, he added.
“(Long Jr.) and Lavert (Hill), those guys will be good coming up,” he said.
What else sticks out about Long Jr. and Hill? One physical attribute has been really noticeable, says Stribling.
“Their speed, their speed is very fast,” Stribling said. “Those two guys are very fast.”
Michigan opens its season with Hawaii on Sept. 3.