Mike Zordich sees young corners stepping up, will give playing time as needed

Defensive backs coach Mike Zordich sees young cornerbacks stepping up in Jeremy Clark's absence.

Michigan's cornerback depth took a hit earlier this season as senior corner Jeremy Clark was lost for the season with a knee injury.

While the position should still be able to function without a hitch thanks to the play of seniors Channing Stribling and Jourdan Lewis, the coaching staff would at least like to attempt to fill the void losing Clark has left them.

According to defensive backs coach Mike Zordich, he sees some young guys that have stepped up.

"I feel so bad for Jeremy, he practiced so hard and played so well in games he was in," Zordich said. "Brandon Watson, had a hell of a camp, really since spring. He's played well in the spring, played well all camp and he's going in, filling in, just fine. Lavert Hill, extremely talented young man. Really talented, he just has to grow and mature, he's young. David Long, same way. His injury held him up a little bit but now you're starting to see some things out of him. It's unfortunate to lose a guy like Jeremy, you never want to lose a guy like him, but those three guys, I think, in time and if in need they'll fill in and play."

The plan for the young players like Hill and Long has been to allow them to see game action in certain situations. While the plan was for them to get on the field against Wisconsin, Zordich doesn't rule out the possibility of having them see time as the year progresses.

"I wanted to [get them in the game] a couple of times last weekend," Zordich said. "It just wasn't the time. Absolutely, if there's a time we're going to try and get some experience."

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