Brice Marich, The Michigan Insider

Brown: UM 'better shape' at viper this spring

Michigan DC Don Brown says U-M is in "better shape" depth-wise at viper this spring.

When spring practice initially started, Don Brown had a plan in place to rotate Khaleke Hudson and Josh Metellus at both safety and viper.

He would start Hudson out at viper and Metellus at safety. They would eventually switch positions, Brown says. 

Then, well, that all changed. 

“We got into a scenario where I was going to rotate those guys,” Brown said. "Then the longer it kind of got going it felt like let’s leave Khaleke there and get his feet totally on the ground and let Josh play safety and get totally on the ground.”

Ultimately, there were three reasons given by Brown on why each player stayed put. 

No. 1: Metellus, who started at viper in the Orange Bowl, has the ability to play any postiton Brown deems necessary.

“Now Josh is one of those savants that you can take him in three practices, ‘go play that position,’” Brown said while pointing his finger. “And he’ll go play it at a high level.”

No. 2: Brown has found a more than capable backup at viper in Jordan Glasgow.

“And the emergence of Jordan Glasgow as Khaleke’s back up at the viper position has been solid,” Brown said, as he exaggerated with a deep breathe while wiping his brow in relief. “You saw the spring game. And that guy was playing safety a good chunk of the spring game.”

Finally, No. 3: Brown says he simply has more depth than last year. And that’s saying something, considering Brown had All-American and Heisman Trophy finalist Jabrill Peppers playing viper.

“We feel like we’re in way better shape now at depth standpoint at that SAM/viper on who the guys are, even Noah Furbush and (Josh) Uche are farther along,” Brown said. “Just feel really good about that whole mix and what we can do with it.”


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