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Michigan football veteran sees great progress with key position group

This Michigan football veteran is pleased with the Wolverines’ progress thus far.



Michigan football, defensive tackle, Kris Jenkins
Dec 31, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Michigan Wolverines defensive lineman Kris Jenkins (94) against the TCU Horned Frogs during the 2022 Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

INDIANAPOLIS, IN. — On Thursday, a few Wolverines and their head coach, Jim Harbaugh, made the trip to Indianapolis, IN, for Big Ten Media Day. There, Michigan football veteran Kris Jenkins, a defensive tackle and potential team captain this year, gave a positive update on how Michigan’s defensive tackle group is coming along. So far, so good, according to the long-time standout Wolverine.

Michigan football veteran gives a stellar update for the defensive tackle position

Kris Jenkins started at defensive tackle for Michigan football in 2022, helping lead the way to a Big Ten title and more, yet was always DT2 behind Mazi Smith. Heading into the upcoming season, Jenkins has bulked up and is ready to lead the Wolverines to bigger and better things this fall. That said, with a lot of youth around him, there are still some question marks for the Wolverines heading into the new season.

“Just improving our communication on the field and improving on really our culture and our chemistry off the field,” Michigan football veteran defensive tackle Kris Jenkins said, per Wolverines Wire. “Just working with each other more off the field, spending extra time with each other and trying to learn each other’s position more, so that we could really get a different perspective on the game. And actually a better perspective on what’s going on, so we can be more — affect the game more.”

Kris Jenkins adds to the hype for a few key Wolverines

In addition to this positive update with the Wolverines’ defensive linemen, Kris Jenkins also named a few potential breakout stars for Michigan football on the inside of the line.

“I’m not gonna hype them up too much. But (Kenneth Grant), Cam Goode, Rayshaun Benny, Mason Graham. Yeah, I could go down the list,” Jenkins explained. “They’re absolute dogs or animals. And the biggest thing I love about them is that they continue to work, they’re hungry, they love getting better, they love learning from their mistakes and becoming better defensive tackles. And I think you’re gonna see a lot of improvement, and they’re definitely going to make a lot of statements this year.

“But yeah, they’re definitely really coming into their own. And I’m really excited and proud of them with how far they come, and they’re gonna continue to grow.”

In the run-heavy Big Ten conference, Michigan football needs its defensive tackles (and entire defensive line) to step up this fall as the Wolverines chase a third-straight Big Ten title and the program’s first national title in quite some time.

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