ESPN: UM has No. 1 secondary, MSU No. 5 front seven

The Detroit News
Jabrill Peppers

Michigan has the best secondary in the nation and Michigan State has the fifth-best front seven.

That’s the opinion of a panel of ESPN college football analysts.

ESPN highlighted three players from each team in its rankings of the best college football position units for 2016. The UM defensive backs were safety / linebacker Jabrill Peppers, and cornerbacks Jourdan Lewis and Jeremy Clark. The MSU players were tackle Malik McDowell and linebackers Ed Davis and Riley Bullough.

Michigan’s top cornerbacks are Lewis, Channing Stribling and Clark. The starting safeties are likely to be Dymonte Thomas and Delano Hill.

MSU’s starting front seven could be McDowell, Kevin Williams, Demetrius Cooper and Evan Jones on the line, with Bullough, Davis and Jon Reschke at linebacker.

Other top unit rankings:

Skill group: Clemson

Offensive line: Iowa

Front seven: Florida

Special teams: Tennessee

Riley Bullough