The Michigan Wolverines get their prized DB back on Saturday, as cornerback Jourdan Lewis will start versus the Penn State Nittany Lions.
Lewis, fresh off a 2015 campaign where he set the program record for single-season pass breakups, and entered this season as one of the frontrunners for the Thorpe Award. He was sidelined for the first three games of the season, all of which concluded with Michigan wins.
Head coach Jim Harbaugh didn’t want to rush Lewis back to the field — especially during some non-conference cakewalks — but was ultimately hopeful that his cornerback would be on the field for the conference opener in the Big House.
“God willing and the creek don’t rise we’ll get Jourdan back and get Taco [Charleton] back,” Harbaugh told MLive earlier in the week. “Noah Furbush is back practicing. If all goes well, yeah, they’ll be playing.
“You like to see how they feel the next day (after a practice) with what kind of soreness they have.”
The Wolverines’ secondary has held its own (for the most part) but gaining Lewis back does more than just boost the unit; it now allows defensive coordinator Don Brown to rotate senior safeties Jeremy Clark and Channing Stribling.
Michigan, following games versus Hawaii, Central Florida and Colorado, heads into Saturday with the No. 17 pass defense in the nation, a unit that has allowed 156 yards per game. Now that Brown gets his gifted cornerback on the field on Saturday, expect the secondary to gel with Big Ten play beginning.