3 reasons Michigan Football defense will be much better in 2023

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A lockdown secondary

I know, the second cornerback position has not been filled yet. But I don’t think that matters as much as some are making it seem.

Yes, if Amorion Walker can figure it out and becomes an All-American talent that would be incredible. But he doesn’t have to for this secondary to perform at an elite level.

The Wolverines have arguably the best cornerback in the nation in sophomore Will Johnson, and have a star nickel cornerback in Mike Sainristil. At safety, the Wolverines have boatloads of talent with Rod Moore, Makari Paige, Keon Sabb, Zeke Berry, and more.

And when it comes to that final cornerback position, the Wolverines have plenty of talent competing for it. Michigan football added UMass transfer Josh Wallace, and have junior Ja’Den McBurrows and sophomore Amorion Walker competing for the spot. Whoever wins the job will be more than worthy.

I expect this to be the best secondary in the Big Ten, and one of the best in the nation. I think this has the potential to be Jim Harbaugh’s best secondary. Combined with the expected improvements from the pass rush, this secondary should be suffocating.


There are high expectations for the defense this year. If the Wolverines want a shot at the national title, this unit is going to have to hit those expectations. There’s no doubt that they have the potential to be the best in America.

We likely won’t get to see the true talent of this defense until Michigan plays at Penn State. I’m expecting the defense to look dominant prior to that game, but that should be the first real test for the Wolverine defense.

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This looks to be a very fun unit this season. Enjoy it. Go Blue!