Ranking The Big Ten Secondaries

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2.) Michigan

Oct 12, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; Michigan Wolverines defensive back Raymon Taylor (6) during the fourth quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Michigan 43-40 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O

DB Jabrill Peppers might be one of the more hyped secondary recruits to arrive in college football in a long time, and especially Ann Arbor, but he’s that talented. He’s likely to grab a lot of run early on, but the point is that he’d probably start on any other team. Michigan brings back Raymon Taylor, who led the team in tackles last year (which is an awful sign), and Jarrod Wilson, who picked up 50 tackles himself. They also grab Blake Countess, who alone picked off six interceptions last year (Michigan’s returning players combined for 12 total).

Dymonte Thomas might end up starting at free safety, but I get the feeling Peppers is going to usurp the kid pretty quickly if Michigan shows the same big-play problem that damned them so often last season.