Michigan Football: Spring Practice Storylines That Matter

    Michigan football spring practice is here; let's take a look at the storylines that matter - what’s the big deal, what to worry about, and what’s all set.

    March 3, 2016

    Michigan football spring practice is here; let’s take a look at the storylines that matter – what’s the big deal, what to worry about, and what’s all set.

    Now comes the substance behind the silliness …

    After doing everything possible to promote the Michigan football program, get under the SEC’s skin, and be above-the-fold news on a daily basis, now Jim Harbaugh must go and do his day job. His team will be good enough to win a Big Ten title – maybe more – and unlike last year’s spring session, the mountain doesn’t appear so high anymore.

    If 2015 was the rebirth of the superpower, then this spring must be about thinking differently.

    Last year everyone hoped Michigan football would be good. This spring, everyone knows Michigan football can be great.

    Harbaugh has to reinforce the offense’s power running identity, he needs to work on cutting down on the penalties, and he somehow must make his team sharper and more effective. Most of all, this is the opportunity to set a plan in place for what should be a whale of a fall camp. This year, the Wolverines are making the most noise by kicking spring practice off in Florida. Come August, it needs to be tweaking time for a team that can’t afford any sort of a step back.

    No one is worried about …

    The secondary. A rock throughout last season, the Wolverines finished No. 1 nationally in pass efficiency defense and third in pass D. Granted, few teams on their schedule could effectively throw a forward pass even when uncovered, but Michigan still had to face Connor Cook, Christian Hackenberg, and J.T. Barrett. This year, the defensive backfield should be among the best in the country with All-America-caliber corner Jourdan Lewis surprisingly returning for one more year. There’s also future All-Pro safety Jabrill Peppers appearing ready to blow up into superstardom.

    Extra attention must be given to …

    The linebacking corps. The linebackers could be a pressing problem considering Desmond Morgan, Joe Bolden and James Ross were the backbone of the killer run defense, and now they, along with Royce Jenkins-Stone, are gone. Jobs are wide open with 34-tackle Ben Geldon the likely leader of the pack. The rest of the defense is in place to be special – this is the one sticking point.

    The spring practice storyline that matters most …

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