With most of last year's unit back, and the nation’s No. 1 prospect entering the fold, Michigan could actually plug and play two full units on the defensive line.
Kalis expects to make a similar improvement this season as in past years, but he also hopes to help some of the younger players with those same steps.
Delano is a senior safety for Michigan and will be joined on the team this year by his younger brother, Lavert, a cornerback.
Kaepernick, who was Harbaugh’s starter for most of his four-year head coaching tenure (2011-2014) in the NFL, made a statement Friday night by refusing to stand during the national anthem before a preseason game.
The Michigan football team began fall camp on Aug. 8, and since then, the Wolverines have had only one true day off and a few days of not wearing pads in practice.
After a 2014 season in which Michigan’s special teams floundered, finishing 96th in ESPN’s special team’s efficiency rankings, the unit put it all together in 2015.
Defensive mistakes came back to haunt Michigan in a 2-1 loss, the Wolverines’ first in four games.
The only notable sign this year has been spring camp, from which Speight emerged as the leader. The coaches and players haven’t divulged any such advantages this month.
With nine days to go until the first snap of the season, the battle at quarterback may be still ongoing, but their targets are well solidified.