January 1,2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Michigan Wolverines linebacker Joe Bolden (35) 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: 2014 Roster -- Grades -- Defense -- Part II

Posted at 4:00pm — 1/12/2014

Michigan Football: 2014 Roster — Grades — Defense — Part II


Lost: C-Gordon
Returners: Ross, Bolden, Gedeon, Ryan, Morgan, RJS, Beyer, Gant
Additions: Ferns, Furbush, Wrangler, Winovich


This is the group with greatest chance to show the most growth. A good combination of experience and young talent.

Score: Improved

Corners / Nickle:

Lost: Avery
Returners: Taylor, Stribling, Richardson, Countess, Hollowell, Lewis, Douglas
Additions: Peppers and Watson


Michigan has recruited corners very hard. It is time that pays some dividends. There is talent here an it is time it shows. Another group with combination of experience and young talent.

Score: Should be improved, not sure it will be.

Oct 12, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; Michigan Wolverines safety Jarrod Wilson (22) during the fourth quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Michigan 43-40 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O


Lost: Avery and T-Gordon
Returners: Furman??, Wilson, Thomas, Clark, Hill
Additions: Watson could play safety or corner


This group has to improve if Michigan is going to be better on defense. UM cannot continue to give up all those big plays. There is enough young skill to achieve that goal. It is time it happens.

Score: Fingers Crossed, Improved!

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