3. The pass rush arrived a week later than wanted
Derrick Moore got the party started with the initial sack of the season. More followed after that moment happened. Jaylen Harrell and Kenneth Grant each notched a sack and a half. Grant might grade out as the maize and blue’s top defensive player this week when the official numbers come out represented by pro football focus.
The defensive tackles, especially, had themselves a monstrous day. Kris Jenkins led the team in tackles, while Grant kept getting his name called by the announcers on a consistent basis.
In all, 25 defenders secured at least a tackle and 10 were for tackles for loss, which is six more than the Wolverines had a week ago. Five sacks, compared to none in the East Carolina win, is a massive step in the right direction, while still searching for its breakout star.
The secondary has been the story throughout the two victories, however. They have only allowed 300 yards in the two wins and are building much-needed depth.
Michigan’s defense is about three minutes or so away from two shutouts. Thus far they are only allowing 5 points per game and 232 yards on the ground and air.