Consistency is the Key for Jamison

Entering the 2006 season, defensive pressure was a major concern with the Michigan football team. As a result, defensive coordinator Ron English simplified things to a basic attacking style defense. LaMarr Woodley reaped the benefits last season, and, with Woodley now off to the Pittsburgh Steelers, senior Tim Jamison is poised to step into his vacated end position.

It's been almost four years since Tim Jamison emerged on the Michigan radar.

After exploding for 79 tackles, 18 sacks, 12 pass breakups and three fumble recoveries in his final season at Thornton High School in Harvey, Ill., Jamison sent the Michigan fan base into a frenzy when he became the final member of the 2004 recruiting class.

Since then, however, his path to success has become a long and winding road.

Just minutes into the 2004 season, Jamison made his debut in the winged helmet. Over the first three weeks of the season, the talented pass rusher got his first taste of the big time with action on both special teams and at the outside linebacker position.

In week three, things changed. Against San Diego State on Sept. 18, 2004, the injury bug bit, and Jamison was relegated to the sidelines for the remainder of the season .

As a sophomore, Jamison made a splash in his week three return to the field. With a sack and three tackles against Eastern Michigan, Jamison provided an instant threat off the edge and valuable depth behind bull rusher LaMarr Woodley. Over the course of the season, Jamison recorded three sacks.

Jamison came off the bench behind Woodley again in 2006, but this time around made careful note of the example set by those ahead of him on the depth charts.

"LaMarr Woodley and Rondell Biggs, I learned from them and following them," Jamison told GoBlueWolverine. "They were great leaders. I learned the way they took coaching. They helped us with our coaching and motivated us to stay in the film room. They taught us that we have to play hard on every play."

With Woodley and Biggs both graduating, the success of Michigan's defense next season will have a lot to do with how well Jamison has learned. Jamison's eight career sacks rank as the active high for the returning Wolverines. As a result, Jamison will be looked upon to provide the Michigan defensive line with a formidable pass rush, a challenge that Jamison has come to look forward to.

"I don't feel pressure at all," Jamison continued. "I just got to keep doing what I've been doing and keep playing hard. I don't feel any pressure at all. It'll be a challenge everyday, but we'll get the job done."

While it remains to be seen whether Jamison will get the job done on the field, spring ball has provided Jamison an opportunity to round out his game off the field for the time being. With lessons learned from Woodley and defensive tackle Will Johnson, Jamison has found himself a second home at Schembechler Hall this spring.

"I've been in the weight room and the film room a lot. You've got to stay in the film room and you've got to be consistent. It's what I've learned. And you've got to work hard during summer conditioning."

That said, with losses like LaMarr Woodley and Alan Branch along the defensive line, doubters will surround the Michigan defense until the start of the new season. Another challenge that Jamison has his sights set on entering the 2007 year.

"I know that a lot of people are thinking that since we lost everybody we won't be that good, but we're not worrying about any of that. We're just working on getting better and staying focused," said Jamison. "We had a great defense last year. We have a lot of people leaving, but there are a lot of people that are still here too. And last year we didn't finish this year the way we wanted to. This time we will."

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