MT on the Michigan D

Former Michigan quarterback Michael Taylor: "The Michigan defense played pretty solidly last Saturday. They gave up 17 points -- they had nothing to do with the ball that Penn State stole from Henne and returned for a touchdown."

Michael Taylor:

"The Michigan defense played pretty solidly last Saturday. They gave up 17 points -- they had nothing to do with the ball that Penn State stole from Henne and returned for a touchdown. They totally shut that team down in the first half, and overall allowed 17 points. With Penn State's weapons on outside that's pretty good. And remember, Michigan had lost both their starting safeties. Jamar Adams and Brandon Harrison held up pretty well in there.

"In this day and age -- for a defense to give up under 30 is pretty good. Ohio State, with its vaunted defense, gave up more total yards to Michigan State Saturday, at home, than Michigan did in their game against the Spartans .... 456 yards to 455.

"If this Michigan team could've put up 25 a game against Notre Dame, Wisconsin and Minnesota, they would be undefeated. The defense only gave up 17 points to the Irish, and 23 each to the Badgers and Gophers.

"As far as individual play goes, Gabriel Watson is playing a lot better now. And that helps a lot. Notice that the big runs against the Michigan defense have come off the edge in the last two games, not up the middle.

"And Alan Branch continues to play well, although he got tired in the 4th quarter Saturday.

"And David Harris has become a good middle linebacker -- that helps a LOT.

"All in all, this defense is pretty much keeping Michigan in the game. And with their 4th and 5th safeties out there, that's pretty remarkable.

"By the way, one more comment on Michigan's quarterback play. If things hadn't picked up offensively for Michigan in the second half, I think Gutierrez would've played ... he was warming up at the end of the first half. But you heard Coach Carr's comments on Henne after the game, calling him a great quarterback ... I recognized that -- that was meant to boost his confidence. Henne has not played well in stretches. But I believe that at this point he would have to get hurt for Gutierrez to play."

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