May 11, 2007

Is Trent ready to be U-M's shutdown corner?

Michigan hasn't always had a dominant No. 1 cornerback. In Lloyd Carr's 12 previous seasons, Clarence Thompson (1995), James Whitley (1999-2000) and Todd Howard (2001) held that post and they didn't exaclty inspire confidence in the more than 100,000 fans gathered each Saturday at The Big House.

But in recent years, thanks to the efforts of Marlin Jackson (2002 & 2004), Jeremy LeSueur (2003) and Leon Hall (2005-06), being U-M's top guy has meant something special. This fall, Morgan Trent will try to live up that standard …

To call Trent an understudy to Hall in each of the last two seasons wouldn't be fair. The redshirt junior was Michigan's nickel back in 2005, starting five games. He showed promise, breaking up six passes while picking up his first career interception against Eastern Michigan.

He didn't have the type of spring, though, that the coaches would have liked to have seen from a potential full-time starter and he began last fall a backup to cornerback Charles Stewart. By the second week of the season, though, Trent had reclaimed what was his, and he went on to start 11 games in 2006 as the Wolverines' No. 2 cornerback.

"I think he learned a lesson the hard way," said former high school coach George Porritt, of Orchard Lake St. Mary's.

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