Friday morning, Don Brown held a meeting with the players he deemed the leaders of the defense. In a Zoom call with reporters Thursday, the defensive coordinator took care to specify that Brad Hawkins was among them.
The senior safety is among the most experienced players on Michigan’s defense going into 2020, and Brown is fully confident in Hawkins’ ability to anchor the secondary after the loss of Lavert Hill and Josh Metellus to the NFL.
Ten Michigan players were selected in the NFL Draft this weekend, the second-most of any school.
That stat is a bit misleading given that just two of those players — center Cesar Ruiz and linebacker Josh Uche — were selected in the first two days of the draft. Still, the Wolverines were one off their program record of 11 players drafted, set in 2017. They also continued their streak of 82 consecutive years with at least one player drafted, tied for the longest in the country with USC.
First, COVID-19 canceled the NCAA Championships. Then, it pushed the Olympics back to 2021. Now, Bormet and the Michigan wrestling team must adapt again.
Fifth-year seniors Myles Amine, Logan Massa and Stevan Micic, all of whom took Olympic redshirts last year, plan to return to the Wolverines for the 2021 season while simultaneously training for Tokyo. According to Amine, the Wolverines haven’t received official word from the NCAA on whether they will be able to take a second Olympic redshirt. But all three are already sold on coming back.
But none of that should matter if Manuel can’t do right by Michigan’s athletes — including former ones. Nothing in college sports is possible without them, and it’s supposed to be the job of the person in charge to create an environment where they’re in the best possible position to succeed. That means a culture of accountability, where it’s clear that abuse and misconduct will not be tolerated.
In the past two weeks, Michigan has secured three commits in the class of 2021, giving the Wolverines a total of five in the class. The Daily breaks down who these prospects are and how they could add to the team.
In a normal year, this would be about the time Michigan would hold a coordinators’ press conference. Don Brown would stand in front of reporters, be his normal, animated self, and speak to the issues facing the Wolverines’ defense this season.
But COVID-19 has changed all that. A press conference in the time of stay-at-home orders is both unwise and illegal. Instead, with no live sports left to speak of, we’re forced to speculate on the answers. In light of that, The Daily analyzed some of the unknowns surrounding the defense and where the solutions could come from: