It appears that help, albeit temporary, is on the way for Michigan's secondary this season.The widely circulated rumors regarding Michigan and Stanford graduate transfer cornerback Wayne Lyons may finally be coming to fruition sometime in the near future.
During his first time meeting with the media since being named defensive back coach, Mike Zordich practically all but confirmed the addition of Lyons on Thursday.
"Wayne was here over the weekend, spent some time with him and I've watched a lot of film on him," Zordich told reporters via Maize & Blue News. "I think he has the right kind of body, a bigger body, a lot like Channing (Stribling). A lot of length. He's a pretty good corner, from what I saw with him at Stanford, I thought he did pretty well."
The incoming addition gives the Wolverines much-needed depth at corner. Adding extra depth and experience also means the push for playing time is greater as well. Much like the rest of the team, the coaching staff has made it very clear that each player will need to compete in order to secure a starting job. The defensive back group is no different as Zordich has made it known that new players will be coming in and it will be a fight for playing time.
"The room has been told that there's going to be three guys coming into the secondary," Zordich said. "One coming in as a transfer, a true freshman (Keith Washington) and a safety who likes to play corner in Tyree Kinnel. They know their backs are against the wall."
Lyons finished the 2014 season with 27 tackles and zero interceptions. Lyons' mother, Gwendolyn Bush, was recently hired by Jim Harbaugh to be the football program's director of player development.