ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Having experience and depth is always a good thing in football. And this season Michigan’s defensive line has plenty of it.
But the missing third ingredient is always health. Either you’re healthy or you’re not,and that was the case early on his season when and U-M suffered some key injuries along its defensive front. Both Taco Charlton and Bryan Mone were out with injuries in week 2 when Michigan surrendered a season-high 275 rushing yards in the Wolverines' 51-14 win against UCF, so the lack of depth showed, says Glasgow.
“Having those guys with experience and depth, it really does change,” Glasgow said. “UCF was going a little fast, we didn’t have as many guys to rotate. We were only rotating three guys on the inside instead of four. So for a game like that, it does really help.”
Now, fully healthy again, U-M’s defensive front is surging. And that was evident last Saturday, when Michigan held Rutgers to only 34 rushing yards and two first downs in the 78-0 blowout win.
“Rutgers wasn’t really going that fast,” Glasgow said. “They did pick it up a little bit some snaps, but nothing too extreme. When you get your hand in the dirt and you know your call and recognize the formation they are running.”
Haiving Charlton and Mone back, says Glasgow, has only helped.
“It really helps with those guys back, both playmakers, both who can take up two guys every play and can get after the passer and can make good run stopping plays, it’s really nice having them back,” he said.
Currently, Michigan ranks No. 2 nationally in team sacks with 24.0 through six games, and they’re doing it mostly rushing four people, says Glasgow.
But why? What's the difference in this years defense compared to years past? Well, because Glasgow says U-M’s D-line is just more “confident” this season.
“I think sometimes last year we had it. I think this year we have guys who expect to get a sack on passing downs, instead of hoping,” Glasgow said. “I think a lot of it has to do with confidence knowing you can beat guy across from you with nay move you throw at him, anything they try to do, I think a lot of it is that. I think a lot it is hard work that is coming to fruition now.”