ANN ARBOR, Michigan – Michigan EDGE Football mike morris says he feels “great” two days after going down with an apparent injury near the end of a blowout win over Nebraska.
Speaking Monday night on “Inside Michigan Football” radio show, Morris said he suffered “a little touch up” against the ‘The shellers and is on track after receiving treatment earlier today.
“I feel good,” Morris said. “Just a little adjustment. I have a feeling everything will be fine. The coaches work hard with me every day. I was having treatment for about four hours this morning, so it will be fine. I am in good hands.
The lower-body injury occurred midway through the fourth quarter of Michigan’s 34-3 win over Nebraska. After a few moments on the grass, Morris was able to jog onto the sidelines, although he appeared to be uncomfortable. The edge rusher did not return to play, but by then Wolverines had a comfortable lead and could play substitutes for the final minutes of the blowout.
Morris finished Nebraska’s game with just one tackle, but was one of UM’s most productive defenders this season. His 7.5 sacks and 11.0 tackles for loss lead the team, and he also forced a fumble.
And the fourth-year player is a leader on a Michigan team that currently ranks first in the nation in point defense (11.2 points per game), with the best rush defense in the nation ( 72.7 YPG), the fourth best pass defense (160.1 YPG) and the best total defense (232.8 YPG).
And Jim Harbaugh knew that all along. The UM coach spoke during fall camp about the Wolverines being a ‘starless’ defense, prompting bemused reactions when he claimed the rushers and interior could be better than they are weren’t in 2021. While there isn’t a Heisman finalist on the defensive line this year, 10 games into the season, his success can’t be denied.
“I called it the ‘no-name defense’ in a way, where the guys at every position competed to make a name for themselves,” Harbaugh said Monday. “And I think that’s what happened. Play excellent team defense. Each position group really plays exceptionally well, and they play exceptionally well together.
Another of the biggest names in this “no name” unit is Kris Jenkins. Defensive tackle has been a force on the inside, quietly – and sometimes not so quietly – forming the wall that has thwarted so many opposition point attacks.
“As we’ve said all year, we’ve really identified as a ‘starless’ defense,” Jenkins said. “We really take pride in working as one cohesive unit and succeeding on every level.”
The two games remaining on the schedule present distinct challenges for the Wolverines. Illinois boasts Chase Brown, the FBS leader in rushing yards (1,442) and attempts (280). His status is unclear for this weekend’s game due to injury, but even if he can’t go, the Illini have an offensive line coached by Bret Bielema who, like Michigan’s , is known for her strong technique and physique.
Next is Ohio State, the No. 2 offense in college football, thanks in large part to CJ Stroud and an airborne offense that scored more passing touchdowns (35) than any other team in the nation. .
“We want to remain the best defense in the country,” Jenkins said. “We’re really proud to have that kind of identity, but we want it to stay that way.”
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