January 1,2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Michigan Wolverines linebacker Jake Ryan (47) against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the first half of the 2013 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan Football: Spring Practice Review and Awards -- Defense


Posted at 6:15am — 6/6/2013

Michigan Football: Spring Practice Review and Awards — Defense

Strong-side Defensive End

Best Spring:
1. Matt Godin
Very Tough against the run, strongest of the group.

Most Improved:
1. Chris Wormley
Most talent, chance to be excellent defensive end.

Rush Defensive End

January 1,2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Michigan Wolverines defensive end Frank Clark (57) against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the second half of the 2013 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. South Carolina Gamecocks defeated the Michigan Wolverines 33-28. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Best Spring:
1. Frank Clark
Noticeably bigger with little loss of quickness.

Most Improved:
1. Mario Ojemudia
Best as rush potential of the group.

1-Tech Defensive Tackle

Best Spring:
1. Quinton Washington
Best run defender.

Most Improved:
1. Ondre Pipkins
The Future of 1-tech position.

3-tech Defensive Tackle

Best Spring:
1. Jibreel Black
Solid contributor.

Most Improved:
1. Willie Henry
Ready to contribute if necessary, looked very good in one on ones.

Mike Linebacker:

Best Spring:
1. Co-winners DesMond Morgan and Joe Bolden
Either is capable of playing position.

Most Improved:
1. Royce Jenkins-Stone
Best athlete of the 3.

Will Linebacker:

Best Spring:
1. James Ross
Chance to be a special player.

Most Improved:
1. James Ross
(See above).

Sam Linebacker

Loss of Jake Ryan is huge.

Best Spring:
1. Cam Gordon
Better fit at Sam than Safety.

Most Improved:
1. Brennan Beyer
Played better than we thought he would.

Safety

Best Spring:
1. Jerrod Wilson
Improvement was significant.

Most Improved:
1. Alan Gant
Not great at anything, but no glaring weakness either.

Cornerback

Best Spring:
1. Ramon Taylor
Good athlete who is fearless in coverage.

Most Improved:
1. Dymonte Thomas
Very High Ceiling at corner or safety, also in play for playing time at nickel.

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