Michigan to run 4-3 defense in 2011

Michigan coach Brady Hoke said Wednesday that the team will operate in a base 4-3 defense this coming season.

The Wolverines operated mainly in a three-man front during Rich Rodriguez's tenure and often used a 3-3-5 set that Rodriguez favored in his West Virginia days. But Hoke and new defensive coordinator Greg Mattison will use the four-man front.

"It is something we've both been very familiar with," Hoke said. "We're seasoned, coached it a lot."

I'm guessing this announcement will be welcomed by Michigan fans, many who didn't feel the 3-3-5 worked effectively in Big Ten play. Michigan's secondary endured a wave of problems in 2010. The line returns three starters in Mike Martin, Ryan Van Bergen and Craig Roh.

Hoke said he'll announce the team's defensive line and defensive backs coaches Monday. There's been a lot of buzz that Jerry Montgomery will move to Michigan from Indiana, and Hoosiers coach Kevin Wilson said Wednesday that Montgomery and cornerbacks coach Corey Raymond both are moving to other schools.