Stribling is happy Michigan defense was tested

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

Ann Arbor — Cornerback Channing Stribling is grateful the pass defense was really tested as Michigan prepares for its Big Ten schedule.

Michigan allowed yardage in chunks to Colorado last weekend — a 37-yard touchdown pass, a 70-yard touchdown, and a 50-yard completion. The Wolverines trailed by two touchdowns, but recovered for the victory.

“This is a test we needed,” Stribling said Tuesday as Michigan preps for Penn State on Saturday. “I feel like we needed it. The first two games we kind of played OK. We played good, but it wasn’t really the perfect test we needed early. Colorado did that for us. Going down early to see what we could do to come back. We found a way.”

Stribling said there was no blame-game going on.

“It’s not anybody’s fault,” he said. “It’s all our fault.”

He said he knows people will dissect issues on the defense, issues on the offense, but the players ignore that and move on.

Defensive coordinator Don Brown is the only person they listen to, and he made his message clear.

“We gave up plays that were our fault — they weren’t really better us,” Stribling said of Brown’s message. “They were plays that we didn’t have great technique on. We had better technique, those plays don’t happen.”

Lewis update

All-American cornerback Jourdan Lewis has missed the first three games dealing with a nagging back injury, and although he was dressed for last week’s game, Jim Harbaugh said he never intended to play him.

Harbaugh said Monday “hopefully” Lewis will play against Penn State.

“I think he will (be back),” Stribling said. “He’s been running the stuff, he’s been doing great rehab, so he’ll be good.”

Doing it all

Kenny Allen will continue to handle all of the kicking duties.

“As long as he’s the best in all three, which he has been, until somebody beats him out in one of those phases, he’ll be doing all three,” Harbaugh said.

Allen was 1-for-3 on field goals last weekend.


Earlier this year, Jaguars and former Penn State receiver Allen Robinson revealed a tattoo on his torso of his 36-yard touchdown reception over Stribling that tied the 2013 game — won 43-40 in in quadruple overtime by the Nittany Lions.

Stribling and Robinson exchanged a few comments via Twitter after Robinson shared the photo.

“My mom said if I ever got a tattoo of somebody else, she’d probably cut it off herself,” Stribling said.

Rave reviews

Running backs Ty Isaac and De’Veon Smith watched Harbaugh’s YouTube ad for Fairlife Milk that debuted Tuesday, and got a laugh.

“I thought it was funny,” Isaac said. “The only reason we thought it was funny is because it sounded very genuine. If it wasn’t scripted, I would believe it.”

Harbaugh has credited drinking whole milk as a kid for growing to 6-foot-3.