Taco Charlton, Chris Wormley, Ryan Glasgow and Matt Godin combined to collect 19.5 sacks last season. While they’ve all moved on to the NFL, MLive.com’s Nick Baumgardner reported that Michigan’s current defensive line believes it can replicate that success.
Oh, and the unit plans on being the best front four in college football.
“No doubt about it,” sophomore DL Rashan Gary said. “We’re going to be ready to go.”
Beyond Gary, the Wolverines have DT Maurice Hurst, DE Chase Winovich and DT Bryan Mone. Those four weaved together 11.5 sacks in the 2016 campaign, proving they can provide plenty of pressure for opposing offenses with increased snaps. They also helped Michigan earn a top-five spot in the country in tackles for a loss (120) and sacks (46).
Defensive coordinator Don Brown expects those numbers to increase in the upcoming campaign.
“I’ve never heard of a player rising to low expectations,” Brown said. “For me, that puts it in a nutshell. No one rises to low expectations. You have to set your expectations high.”