As the 2021 season looms just around the corner, there are plenty of question marks for the Michigan football team on both sides of the ball. This is certainly the case for the secondary, a group that particularly struggled in 2020.
There were times last season when the struggles in the secondary were the difference in some close games, so the success of this group will be an integral piece to the puzzle in 2021. With a new defensive coordinator and a fresh new scheme, the group feels ready to excel in 2021.
“It’s night and day,” senior defensive back Vincent Gray said. “Playing in this defense allows us to create more plays and get more plays on the ball.”
Gray struggled at times last season, and has been named one of starting corners (along with Gemon Green and DJ Turner) and feels he has improved a lot during the off-season on his knowledge of the game.
“Now I can think through the game better,” Gray said. “Not just using athletic ability to play the game, but playing with a more strategic mindset and putting myself in better positions to make more plays.”
Harbaugh feels good about where the corners are at and has a good sense of what he wants to see out of the group.
“You want to have a quick outcome,” Harbaugh said. Sometimes you want to play a cover, sometimes you want to simulate a blitz. All different things you’re trying to get done. You’re trying to stop them, try to keep them from getting points on the board, creating field position.”
All in all, Harbaugh kept things short and sweet to summarize what the team wants on defense.
“We just want to play good defense,” Harbaugh said.
The Wolverines secondary gets their first shot to prove themselves this Saturday at noon against the Western Michigan Broncos in Ann Arbor.