Marlin Jackson Happy with Return to Corner

GoBlueWolverine Magazine spoke with defensive back <b>Marlin Jackson</b> after the Michigan spring football game on Saturday. He said his spring went well and that he is happy to return to the conerback position, and says the squad has some things they wish to improve.

"The spring is going real well and I'm excited to be back at corner," Marlin Jackson said. "It's my natural position and I'm just trying to get the rust off and get ready for a good season."

Jackson was moved to safety last season with the idea of getting the best players defensively on the field at the same time. Jackson joined Jeremy Le Sueur at safety, with Markus Curry and freshman Leon Hall at the corners. Injuries hampered Jackson all year, and he saw action in only eight of the Wolverines 13 games last season. This year's defensive backfield looks to have Jackson and Markus Curry at the corners, with Ryan Mundy and Ernest Shazor at safety. Hall is recovering from shoulder surgery but is expected to be ready for the fall.

So, in the senior's view is anyone stepping up this spring? "There are some good young players that are stepping up," he said. "Mundy is deep and hitting people hard."

Even with the limited play Jackson led the defensive backfield in tackles with 46. He was also second in interceptions with two, and he added three pass deflections, one forced fumble and one blocked kicked. Coming back for his senior season, Jackson has some goals. "First, of course, is to help my team be the best they can, we want to win a championship," he said. "Next, I want to be the best player in the country."

While the Michigan defense led the Big Ten last year in passing defense effeciency (102.2 rating), and was second in scoring defense (16.8), total defense (297.2 avg.), and passing defense (180.5 avg.), and tied for the national lead in fewest passing touchdowns with nine, Jackson said the defensive backfield group wants to improve following a lackluster performance against USC in the Rose Bowl. "We were upset after that game," Jackson said. "That was one of our worst games as a secondary. We aren't dwelling on the negative though, we just want to build off of it and get better."

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