Big Ten quarterbacks worry when they see Michigan on the schedule. Not only because Michigan is a tough team to beat, but because of its Don Brown-led defense which has been elite for the last few years.
This is not only because of the stellar defensive back play from David Long, Lavert Hill, Jourdan Lewis, and more, or even the likes of Devin Bush, Cam McGrone, and Jordan Glasgow that get into the head of the signal-callers.
But it’s mainly the pass-rushing abilities of one duo called ‘Salt and Pepper’. Aidan Hutchinson and Kwity Paye have been a nightmare for offensive coordinators, as well as offensive linemen.
Hutchinson, whose father Steve, played a huge role on the 1997 Michigan team, has gone under the radar as one of the best pass rushers in the nation. Hutchinson improved greatly from his freshman to sophomore year. He accumulated 69 total tackles along with three forced fumbles.
Paye on the other hand, has been much more of a factor outside of the stat sheet. Paye will be entering his senior campaign looking to make a statement. After playing behind players like Rashan Gary, Chase Winovich, Josh Uche, and others on the defensive line, Paye’s time has finally come to have a breakout season.
Michigan will be relying heavily on ‘Salt and Pepper’ to have huge years and be leaders on a younger defense as it looks to win the Big Ten for the first time since 2004.
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