Michigan defensive coordiantor Don Brown discusses the task of slowing down Ohio State star quarterback J.T. Barrett.

Michigan defensive coordiantor Don Brown discusses the task of slowing down Ohio State star quarterback J.T. Barrett.

Don Brown was running late to his Wednesday afternoon media session out in Ann Arbor.

Upon arrival, Michigan associate athletic director Dave Ablauf informed the group Brown would only have seven minutes before being whisked away to a meeting.

Although subtle, Brown looked like a man focused, attempting to utilize every minute of the day to prepare for Saturday's task at Ohio State.

"I can feel it, sense of anticipation," Brown said. "I know our guys are getting excited, getting ready. Focus is razor sharp so there's a lot of things you need to pay attention to."

At the top of the list? Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett.

Barrett averages over 200-yards passing, to go with 24 touchdowns to just four interceptions for the year.

Adding to the threat is the ground attack for Barrett, compiling 722-yards and eight touchdowns this season.

"He's a good player," Brown said. "Does a good job. You're going to have to challenge your entire unit to stop him because when you've got an athlete at quarterback you've got to chase an athlete with a bunch of athletes. 

"That becomes an important piece of this thing. You can't just rely on the front four, you have to involve everyone in the process."

For Brown, the process of preparing for the Buckeyes began early after taking on the job as Michigan's defensive coordinator.

Although Urban Meyer has always been a spread oriented coach, Brown says don't let the Buckeyes fool you.

"We've been saying it on a week to week basis, several teams we play run the spread, or some kinds of form of the spread," Brown said.

"Ohio State does a little more with the power game. Just got to get your guys in, get your calls right and be ready to go."


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