Interview by Sam Webb
Story by Josh Newkirk
Not many teams could compete with Michigan’s depth at cornerback a season ago. The Wolverines' cornerback stable consisted of soon-to-be NFL players Jourdan Lewis, Channing Stribling, and Jeremy Clark.
With those three players now graduated, a new wave of talent is expected to compete at cornerback in 2017. The competition for the open positions began in earnest during winter conditioning, and while all have made significant strides, one player has made a few more than all the rest.
“I think David (Long) has,” Zordich said in an exclusive interview with The Michigan Insider's Sam Webb. “I think since bowl prep, David has made a huge jump, made a huge jump in his physical appearance and explosiveness and I think his attitude. I think his attitude has changed. He kind of grew up after the regular season and he got into bowl prep and then now into the New Year, I think he realizes that he has an opportunity to really make an impact on this defense.”
Zordich’s praise didn’t stop there. He continued by giving high grades to another key sophomore, LaVert Hill.
"LaVert looks great," said Zordich.
“LaVert is a natural at it (cornerback). LaVert has got to get better at finishing, straining, more effort, but talent – he has it. He just has to make up his mind on how he wants this to roll."
Zordich noted that Brandon Watson, Keith Washington and Ambry Thomas are also expected to be contributors at cornerback this spring.
“It is just so fun to watch these kids work out,” Zordich said. “We just got done grading some of the film from the workouts and they’re fighting and competing with each other. It is fun to see and the straining to finish. I crossed the line first and jabbing back and forth at each other. It has all been a positive thing."
Adding: “We play a lot of DB’s,” Zordich said. “Those kids if they’re competing against each other and make each other better and making this team better, they’re going to be playing a lot.”Stay tuned to The Michigan Insider for more on the progress made by Ambry Thomas, Jaylen Kelly-Powell, Brandon Watson's significant improvement, and more. In the meantime, for more from Mike Zordich press play below.