Don Brown excited about Michigan's depth, talent along defensive line
If you’re looking for a strength for Michigan heading into the 2020 season, Don Brown will tell you the defensive line is in the conversation. The defensive coordinator raved about the group taking to the trenches in the maize and blue this fall.
During an appearance on the Inside Michigan Football radio show on Monday, Brown was asked out the Wolverines’ defensive line heading into the 2020. It’s pretty clear that the DC is liking what he’s working with right now.
“We’re much deeper in the front four, and we’ve got guys that are coming along,” Brown said, per Angelique Chengelis of The Detroit News. “So now you’ve got to re-open the playbook and say OK, what plays to these guys’ strengths?”
Brown is really a fan of returning starters Kwity Paye and Aidan Hutchinson.
“If there’s a better tandem, I wouldn’t know it and I wouldn’t want it.”
Hutchinson and Paye will be the two anchors for Michigan’s defensive line this fall. Last season, the pair combined for 22.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks. Recently, Hutchinson said on the In the Trenches podcast that he likes what he sees up front, as well.
“We are a very complete D-line,” Hutchinson said. “We’ve gotten a lotta reps this offseason. We’ve gotten to train a lot with each other and we’ve gotten to grow a lot of depth, too.
“I just think we’re a very complete D-line, all around,” Hutchinson said. “We all got a little bit different skill sets and that’s what makes us so unique. But I’m just super ready to show what we got on the field.”
Michigan is scheduled to open the 2020 season against Minnesota, which ended the 2019 campaign with an 11-2 record.