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The Michigan Daily - Kickoff 2004 -
'Fast, fast, fast': Blue defense loaded
By Chris Burke
Daily Sports Writer
When describing this year's version of the Michi-
gan defense, there is, according to cornerback Marlin
Jackson, one adjective that stands head and shoulders
above the rest.
"Fast, fast, fast."
And Jackson's fellow defenders are quick (pardon
the pun) to agree with him.
"We will be fast," linebacker Lawrence Reid said.
Safety Ernest Shazor agreed: "Last year we had a
fast defense, we had a good defense, but this year I
think we're quicker than last year."
Seems no matter whom you talk to, there's little to
dispute the fact that - on paper, at least - Mich-
igan's defenders will be able to run stride-for-stride
with any offense that they should come across.
"I've played on a couple of good defenses," lineman
Pat Massey said. "But I think this is the most athletic
and fastest defense that I've been a part of."
That's exactly what defensive coordinator Jim
Herrmann is hoping for.
Last year's Wolverines managed just 29 sacks,
constantly struggling to penetrate the opposition's
offensive line. In response to the somewhat paltry
effort up front, Herrmann has switched Michigan to
a 3-4 defensive scheme, which should allow the Wol-
verines to take advantage of their sensational talent
"Anytime you come out of a season with less than
40 sacks, you're going to have a hard time because
you're not creating negative plays and to me, that's
important," Herrmann said. "You've got to put guys
in position to get to the mismatches that you want.
"We've got to get to the quarterback."
Leading the charge to the opposition's signal call-
ers will be more than 900 pounds of muscle on the
Wolverines' defensive line. Senior Larry Harrison
and 6-foot-8 Pat Massey will bookend gargantuan
junior Gabe Watson, giving Michigan a firm founda-
tion up front that will allow the other eight defenders
to fly around to the ball.
"I think it is the biggest defensive line (I've had at
Michigan)," coach Lloyd Carr said.
The move to the three-man front means that Michi-
gan will have four linebackers on the field. And with
speedsters Roy Manning, LaMarr Woodley and
Pierre Woods holding down the outside positions,
seniors Scott McClintock and Lawrence Reid will see
extended time at the two inside linebacker positions.
"McClintock is a great athlete," Carr said. "If you
take the running backs, wide receivers and defensive
backs (out), McClintock might be the fastest guy on
"I think McClintock and Reid are two guys who
have played well - they know what is coming and
they have prepared hard and prepared well."
And while the quickness of Michigan's front seven
is impressive, the Wolverines' corps of defensive
backs has the potential to make the rest of the team
look like a slow-motion replay.
Jackson will team with Shazor, fellow senior
Markus Curry and a bevy of young guns to give
Michigan a defensive backfield capable of keeping
opposing quarterbacks tossing and turning all year.
"We have guys that like to get to the ball, and I like
that," Herrmann said. "The fact that we have great
speed makes it even better.
"(Shazor) has great ability. It's fun to see when a
young guy finally realizes, 'Hey, this is what it takes
to play big-time college football,' and Ernest made
those strides last year.
"You can tell just by the way he comes to practice
and his demeanor in meetings, that he knows what it
takes to be a great player."
Shazor and the rest of the Wolverines unveiled their
"speed kills" defense approach last Saturday against
Miami (Ohio). And the RedHawks did nothing to off-
set the potential the Wolverines believe they have for
this season. Michigan forced Miami into seven turn-
overs - five interceptions and two fumbles - and
held the Red Hawks to just 60 yards rushing on 25 car-
ries a mere 1.3 yards per rushing attempt.
"We have the potential to be a great defense," Jack-
son said. "But potential is all words, and we have to go
out on the field and prove ourselves."
2004 Michigan roster
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43 Roger Allison FB 6-1 228
44 Jason Eldridge RB 5-8 179
45 Brad Gischke WR 6-4 202
45 David Harris ILB 6-2 233
46 James Presley ILB 6-2 243
49 John Thompson ILB 6-0 214
50 Jeremy Van Alstyne DE 6-4 261
52 Ross Mann LS 6-1 235
53 David Hull DT 6-1 265
54 Mark Bihl OL 6-4 302
55 Jeremy Read ILB 6-1 230
56 LaMarr Woodley OLB 6-2 263
57 Adam Kraus OL 6-6 301
58 Roy Manning OLB 6-2 246
59 Joey Sarantos ILB 6-3 225
61 Turner Booth OL 6-2 264
62 Jon Saigh OL 6-5 275
63 Derek Bell OL 6-4 285
64 Grant DeBenedictisOL &5 290
65 Leo Henige OL 6-4 326
66 Paul Sarantos DT 6-3 267
67 Matt Lentz OL 6-6 300
68 Patrick Sharrow OL 6-4 303
69 David Schoonover OL 6-3 288
70 Jeremy Ciulla OL 6-4 297
72 Rueben Riley OL 6-3 311
73 Alex Mitchell OL 6-5 340
74 Brett Gallimore OL 6-4 304
75 David Baas OL 6-5 323
76 Mike Kolodziej OL 6-7 324
77 Jake Long OL 6-7 335
78 Gabriel Watson DL 6-4 333
79 Adam Stenavich OL 6-5 318
80 Alan Branch DT 6-6 345
80 Chris Matsos WR 6-0 208
81 Doug Dutch WR 5-10191
82 Mike Mandich TE 6-3 252
84 Kevin Murphy TE 6-5 256
85 Mike Massey TE 6-3 222
86 Jim Fisher TE 6-5 250
88 Tim Massaquoi WR 6-4 247
89 Tyler Ecker TE 6-6 249
90 Tim Jamison OLB 6-3 228
91 Rondell Biggs DE 6-2 264
92 William Paul DT 6-3 261
93 Alex Ofili DT 6-4 290
93 Chris Rogers OLB 6-1 249
94 Patrick Massey DL 6-8 276
94 Matt Studenski TE 6-3 219
95 Marques Walton DT 6-0 301
96 Larry Harrison DT 6-3 299
97 Will Johnson DT 6-4 282
97 Max Pollock OLB 6-1 217
99 Pierre Woods OLB 6-5 245
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