Michigan’s defense is like ‘somebody dropping a steak in a tank of piranha’ says LB coach Al Washington


Michigan‘s defense is fast. Really fast. That’s what Wolverines linebackers coach Al Washington was trying to get across when he addressed the media recently.

“I made the comparison of somebody dropping a steak in a tank of piranha,” Washington said, according to TheWolverine.com’s Chris Balas. “When you see the quarterback drop back, it’s overwhelming. The speed is lightning quick, they’re physical and they’re smart.”

It’s one thing for a coach to say that about his team in April. It’s another for an opposing coaching to think that about a team in September.

Michigan fans certainly hope Washington isn’t exaggerating. The Wolverines’ defense was its strength last season, and it’ll need to be strong again in a conference that doesn’t take any seasons off.

Michigan ranked No. 3 in the Big Ten in scoring defense last season, allowing an average of 18.8 points per game. It also allowed an average of 271 yards per game, the second least in the league. Defensive end Chase Winovich will be back for a fifth season, which can only be counted as good news; Winovich was fourth on the team with 79 tackles in 2017. Leading tackler Devin Bush (102 tackles) will be back, too, as will Khaleke Hudson (83 tackles).

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