Michigan uses defensive wrinkle

Mattison deploys linebackers to pick up receivers against spread offenses

Updated: October 30, 2012, 6:10 PM ET
By Michael Rothstein | WolverineNation

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- It looks like a nickel, but it isn't. To some, what Michigan has done defensively from time to time this season would appear to benefit opposing offenses.

It doesn't. It is all part of the plan for the Wolverines.

Against run-heavy teams which try to spread the field -- notably Purdue and Illinois and potentially Minnesota, Northwestern and Ohio State coming up -- Michigan has spread its defense kind of like a nickel formation. Instead of bringing safety Thomas ...

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