Michigan boasted one of the nation's stingiest defenses last season, and it appears that will be the Wolverines' calling card again this season.
Three Wolverines were named Monday to the Sporting News' preseason All-American teams, led by linebacker Devin Bush, who landed first-team honors. Defensive end Rashan Gary and "viper" Khaleke Hudson earned second-team honors.
No Michigan State players were selected.
Bush, a 5-foot-11, 222-pound junior, was a first-team All-Big Ten selection and third-team Associated Press All-American selection as a sophomore, registering a team-high 100 tackles, including 9.5 for loss and five sacks. He was a finalist for the Dick Butkus Award, honoring the nation's top linebacker.
"Bush burst on to the (scene) as a speedy, hard-hitting linebacker for the Wolverines last season, and that trend should continue with a year of experience under his belt," writes Bill Bender, the national college football writer for the Sporting News. "He should improve on last year's totals ... in defensive coordinator Don Brown's aggressive defense."
Hudson, listed as a safety on the Sporting News' second-team defense, was third on the team with 82 tackles, and second with 17.5 for loss as a sophomore. His eight sacks tied for the team lead.
Gary, a rising junior, had 12 tackles for loss and six sacks, and led the Wolverines with seven quarterback hurries.