Originally posted on Maize & Blue Nation  |  Last updated 4/2/13
Via the 2012 spring game gallery. With the offensive rumors out of the way, it's on to the meat of Michigan football program: The defense. The cornerstone of Michigan's recruiting effort since Brady Hoke was hired has been to amass as much top-tier defensive talent as possible. Before Hoke was hired, Dave Brandon said he wanted to find a defensive minded coach. Hoke was most certainly that, and the immediate hiring of Greg Mattison as DC, Brandon got what he was looking for. Top-tier talent has had no problem finding it's way to Ann Arbor. But for Team 134, it's not all just about new faces – upperclassmen abound this side of the ball. But those guys are being pushed by the newcomers in the group, and that is forcing some great position races...and adding great depth, something not seen at Michigan in a while. Defensive line The hallmark of Mattison's defense is depth along the line. The more the better, and Michigan is looking good in this department. 5th-year senior Q...
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