Michigan has been one of the best defensive units in the country ever since Don Brown arrived in Ann Arbor. He knows what it takes to be the best and the stats show how good they are currently.
Coach @FBCoachDBrown knows D! pic.twitter.com/3RYwrQtuUl— Aaron Bills (@AaronBDesigns) October 30, 2018
Through eight games, the amount of stats they lead in is astonishing.
Michigan's defensive S&P+ rankings are just ridiculous— Drew Hallett (@DrewCHallett) October 29, 2018
Run Def.: 5th
Run Eff.: 8th
Run Exp.: 2nd
Pass Def.: 2nd
Pass Eff.: 3rd
Pass Exp.: 12th
Std. Downs: 6th
SD Eff.: 11th
SD Exp.: 7th
Pass Downs: 1st
PD Eff.: 3rd
PD Exp.: 1st
Don Brown shed some light on just how good this team is because he doesn’t have to push them in practice, it’s in them already, and he feeds off that.
“That didn’t surprise me”, when asked about holding Michigan State to 94 total yards because of the things they’re doing in practice.
“This team is the best practice team I’ve been around,” Brown added. “I don’t have to go out there with my hair on fire screaming at guys, you got to hustle, you got to run get to the ball.”
Brown knows what it takes to keep that momentum all season and mentioned he’s not seen a decrease in their intensity. “This team practices like they’re supposed to practice,” Brown said. “They build days upon days upon days, and you don’t even realize it, but we practice full speed everyday, it’s impressive.”
His full comments are below
Asked Don Brown what he thought when he saw 94 yards and 0-12 third down in the box score pic.twitter.com/oheeBIgpXW— angelique (@chengelis) October 31, 2018
This game and opponent is one that’s hasn’t sat well with Don Brown after last years result in Happy Valley. The last two years have been very lopsided with the home team winning by an average of 34 points.
2016: Michigan 49, Penn State 10
2017: Penn State 42, Michigan 13
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