Friday, December 29, 2006

De-fense, De-fense!!!

All the reports coming out of California today seem to be about the defense. In today's Detroit News, Bob Wojnowski ("Wojo") has an article entitled "Michigan 'D' must rebound." Similarly, in today's Detroit Free Press, Michael Rosenberg has an article entitled "Defining moment looms for defense." Apparently, it is the consensus that Michigan's defense needs to play better in the Rose Bowl than it did on November 18th. Keeping with the all-defense theme, Angelique S. Chengelis' Rose Bowl Notebook in the Detroit News features quotes from USC All-American wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett on his perceptions of where Michigan's secondary can be exploited. The quotes sound dangerously close to bulletin board material. The Rose Bowl Notebook also contains the mention that Linebacker Shawn Crable has announced that he will be returning for his final year of eligiblity next year. At the Detroit Free Press, in addition to Rosenberg's article mentioned above, there is an article by Shawn Windsor entitled "Speed Factor: Michigan players are big and strong, but still have to deal with Big Ten misconceptions." Additionally, Windsor wrote a Michigan Notebook in which he observes that Def. Coordinator Ron English remarked that the defense is shaping up and that Coach English likes the looks of how the younger players have been practicing. Finally, click here for a photo gallery by Eric Seals (Detroit Free Press) entitled "Road to the Rose Bowl." Go Blue!

*Note: Photo of Shawn Crable, Leon Hall, Def. Coordinator Ron English, and David Harris at Rose Bowl press conference by Eric Seals/Detroit Free Press.

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