Apr 13, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke talks to defensive tackle Willie Henry (69) defensive end Mario Ojemudia (53) and defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins (56) during the Spring Game at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan Football: 2014 Roster -- Grades -- Defense -- Part I

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

As I wrote this two things became clear. Michigan is really young on defense. The numbers returning is huge. The number of players who were forced to play early and burn a Red-shirts.

Defensive Ends:

Lost: None
Returning: Charlton, Strobel, Ojemudia, Clark, Heitzman, Godin, Wormley
Additions: Marshall


Michigan has to generate more pressure. Looking at the group only Charlton and Ojemudia have the skill to get this done. Clark will help, but doubt at this point he becomes a fierce edge rusher. The rest are basically strong side defensive ends who will help against the run.

Score: Improved against the run, wash against the pass.

Defensive Tackles:

Lost: Black, QWash and Maybe Ash
Returners: Poggi, Wormley, Godin, Pipkins, Henry, Hurst
Additions: Pallante and Mone

Oct 12, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; Michigan Wolverines defensive tackle Willie Henry (69) during the second quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Michigan 43-40 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O


Losing your two starters always hurts, if just from experience point. We have been saying that most of our talent is in freshmen and sophomores. And it is time for them to step up. They are better athletes and have the frames to add the weight. No more excuses, time to grow up.

Score: Expect some early growing pains. By game 4 or 5 they need to be better than last seasons group.

Part II we will discuss the Linebacker, Cornerbacks, and Safeties.

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