Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown says as good as the first string as been he's excited about the young players.

Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown says as good as the first string as been he's excited about the young players.

Michigan's No. 1 ranked defense continues to impress for first year defensive coordinator Don Brown.

As good as the senior laden unit has been for the Wolverines, Brown admits he's almost as excited about what the 2017 version could bring.

"It's funny, it is almost like we're coaching two defenses," Brown said. "If you look at our first defense, some days I come in and say damn, you guys are pretty good now. 

"But our second group, I'm looking at it and it's all young guys, I mean really young guys. They're all off the charts (going up)."

With a handful of blowouts this season, including a 78-0 drubbing of Rutgers just a few weeks ago, and a recent 41-8 win over Illinois Saturday, several young players are seeing extra time on the field.

As the season now makes it's way to November, Michigan's approach to practice has been slightly altered.

"One of the things we decided to do is give the second team half the reps because we're trying to keep our first unit fresh and conceptually sharp but we're trying to bring that second unit along.

"You're going to blink your eyes and that second unit is going to become your first unit. We're trying to be conscious in that area as we move forward."


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