Michigan's Josh Metellus Aims to Fix One Weakness at Safety

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Michigan's Josh Metellus Aims to Fix One Weakness at Safety

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Michigan's Josh Metellus Aims to Fix One Weakness at Safety

The central area Michigan junior safety Josh Metellus struggled with in the 2017 season was covering man-to-man against passing plays.

As a 6-foot, 205-pound defensive back, Metellus started for the Wolverines last season, recording 50 tackles, seven tackles for a loss and five pass breakups.

Metellus believes the only next phase is to continue developing.

“There is always something you can improve on,” Metellus said. “That’s one of the things I could’ve improved on. So I’m just going in, I’m a junior, like I got time. I went into the spring, like ‘alright, man coverage was one of my weaknesses. So I’m going to go in make sure it’s not a weakness anymore.'”

The primary downfall in Metellus’ man-to-man coverage issues in 2017 was worrying too much about not making a mistake, rather than just letting himself play the game of football.

“So now going in, like having that confidence. I know how it feels to play in that big game. I know how it feels to be under pressure. Like, I know how it feels to be tired and still playing. So now it’s getting my technique right, making muscle memory.

“I was a little bit more passive than I usually like to play. But I feel going into this year I’m ready to go full force.”

Michigan lost games to Michigan State, Penn State, Wisconsin, Ohio State and South Carolina last season. Metellus presumes those type of depth related losses won’t have the same outcome this time around.

“It is what it is,” Metellus said of the five losses. “We’re just going in, like now we just got depth. If somebody is tired, we know we got somebody who can fill in.”

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