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September 2016

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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No. 11 — Channing Stribling, CB Landing just outside this year's top 10 represents a huge jump for Stribling, a senior who started four games a year ago, winding up with a pair of interceptions and three passes broken up. But Strib- ling himself made a massive leap in his game during the offseason, some considering him Michigan's best cornerback at times during spring practice. Stribling acknowledged that the bar set by redshirt sophomore Jabrill Peppers and senior Jourdan Lewis is so high, he can't help but think about raising his own, especially as a senior. "We are all brothers out there," Stribling said during spring ball. "So if you see a guy get a lot of accolades then everybody comes to me and they are like, 'What you going to do?'" His own answer to the question: "Be more consistent, way more consistent." New defensive coordinator Don Brown's first tweet as a Michigan coach proclaimed Stribling the "Michigan football Dude of the Day" in spring ball. The public offering came as a result of Stribling's three interceptions in a practice. "I saw it on Twitter and I was like, 'What is this?'" Stribling said. "I didn't know anything about the Dude of the Day." He drew confidence from the public backing, along with a conver- sation with Lewis, in which Michigan's more highlighted cornerback assured him the team has great confidence in his abilities. Now, it's a matter of putting it all together in a final Michigan season, one in which Stribling will see all sorts of action while quarterbacks avoid throwing Lewis' direction. It's all set up for a big year on Michigan's defensive side of the football. Stribling could wind up bringing some of the hottest spice to that stew. — John Borton Photo by Lon Horwedel SEPTEMBER 2016 THE WOLVERINE 31

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