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Michigan Backfield Still Growing, Prepping for Washington

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Steve Clinkscale knows there is more work to be done.

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Prior to the season opener against Western Michigan, there were a lot of question marks on the defensive side of the ball for Michigan. Many of those question marks won’t be answered until more games have been played, but the 47-14 drubbing of the Broncos certainly provided some insight to what the Wolverines 2021 defense will look like.

“I think it was a good start,” Michigan defensive backs coach Steve Clinkscale said on Wednesday. “We still have a lot to build on and hopefully we can do that this week.”

The Wolverines await a more daunting opponent in week two as the Washington Huskies travel to Ann Arbor for a showdown under the lights at the Big House. The Huskies, however, limp into Ann Arbor following a 13-7 loss to Montana, an FCS opponent. Michigan isn’t taking them lightly though.

“They’re going to come in here swinging,” Clinkscale said. “They’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain. They’re going to come in here to prove to everybody who they are.”

Washington struggled mightily on offense against Montana and quarterback Dylan Morris threw three interceptions. Michigan is preparing for whatever the Huskies throw at them.

“They’re going to run the ball,” Clinkscale said. “Play action pass, quick game, you know, what they’re really built on, so they’re going to try to establish their dominance and it’s our job to stop them.”

Michigan stumbled in week two last season after a promising week one win. The Wolverines hope to avoid that fate this Saturday night in front of a maize-out crowd in Ann Arbor.