Competition is really good for teams this time of year. If there’s tough battles at position groups during fall camp, it only makes everyone in that group a little better.

That’s apparently the case with Michigan’s safeties. A deep and talented group, the Wolverines are seeing some pretty fierce battles at the position with only a few weeks until the season starts. All are trying to work their way into the rotation.

“Nobody’s spot is locked and loaded,” Josh Metellus told “Everybody is competing. Every safety we have on this team has a chance to win the starting spot. It is early in camp. The competition is heavy right now. We don’t got no real depth chart. Everybody is just going at it trying to be the best they can.”

It’s an interesting comment from Metellus, who’s expected to be a starter for the Wolverines this fall. He finished last year with 48 tackles, six pass break-ups and three interceptions. The senior has also been a significant contributor each of his first three years in Ann Arbor.

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But Metellus is only highlighting the depth Michigan has at the position. These battles in August can only help the Wolverines’ secondary when the season gets underway on Aug. 31.

“There are a lot of safeties,” Metellus said. “We all have been doing this for a long time. A lot of guys are stepping up and you can see the maturity grow throughout those guys.”

Michigan enters this season with a lot of talent at a lot of position groups. Safety may be one of the best.