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After losses, Wolverines hope to rebuild defense

Michigan's defense didn't close out the 2006 season very well. With four starters defecting to the NFL, the heat is on the unit to produce this year.

Updated: March 21, 2007, 12:28 PM ET
By Bruce Hooley | Special to ESPN.com

They put the pads on for the first time Tuesday, but Michigan defensive coordinator Ron English sounds like he's had his on well in advance of spring practice.

That's what happens in Ann Arbor when 11-0 and a No. 2 national ranking melts into 11-2 and a No. 8 finish after losses in the two biggest games on the schedule.

It takes a flak jacket to get a coach through the winter when he believes his team made progress, but to fans and perhaps even the players, it feels more ...

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