Through three weeks of the college football season, Michigan’s pass defense has been ranked at the top of the Big Ten. Two of their cornerbacks may be a good reason why.
According to ratings from Pro Football Focus, two of Michigan’s cornerbacks, Channing Stribling and Jeremy Clark, are the top-graded corners in the Big Ten.
Top-graded Big Ten CBs so far
1. Channing Stribling, UM
2. Jeremy Clark, UM
3. Marshon Lattimore, OSU
4. Ben Niemann, Iowa pic.twitter.com/BG5t5Qnyko
— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) September 21, 2016
Following Stribling and Clark on the top-graded cornerback list are Ohio State’s Marshon Lattimore and Iowa’s Ben Niemann.
Clark and Stribling combine to lead the Wolverines Big Ten-best pass defense, which has only allowed 36 completions on the year for a league-low 469 yards.
Lattimore, a sophomore, has intercepted three passes and has taken one for a touchdown. Niemann, who’s listed on the Hawkeyes’ roster as a linebacker, leads the Hawkeyes in tackles with 23, and has a pass break up and an interception. So far, Niemann has also been good enough to grade him over last year’s unanimous All-American cornerback, Desmond King.