Michigan Football: 3 Potential Breakout Players on Defense

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Honorable mention: Kenneth Grant

I love Kenneth Grant. At 6’3, 350 lbs, he has the potential to be like Jordan Davis was for Georgia. A beast in the middle. He moves with tremendous speed for his size, and he will be a key player for this Michigan football defense over the next few seasons.

The reason I didn’t include Grant, is because of the talent ahead of him at the tackle position. Kris Jenkins and Mason Graham are both proven stars who are only going to be better this season, meaning it’ll be nearly impossible for Grant to get a starting job. Also, what fun would it be if I only listed three players on the defensive line?

Grant will be a FORCE when it comes to stopping the run, and you’re going to hear his name plenty of times this season. He’s going to get lots of playing time and will be a huge key to Michigan’s success this season.


This Michigan football defense has the potential to be better than the dominant 2016 defense. There are proven stars across the board, and plenty of players who could become stars by the end of the season.

The first few weeks are going to be extremely fun for this defense, but we might not get to see its true colors until week 10 against Penn State.

I expect this group to be dominant this season, and they’ll definitely be playing with a chip on their shoulder following the embarrassment against TCU.

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