Warren Steps Up

Donovan Warren

After the Wolverines upset loss at the hands of Appalachian State, a shake up on the defensive side of the ball has found freshman Donovan Warren in the starting line up as the Wolverines prepare for Oregon this upcoming weekend.

When Lloyd Carr met with the media following the Wolverines disastrous loss to the Appalachian State Mountaineers on Monday afternoon, a new depth chart revealed a fresh face will be in the Maize and Blue secondary come Saturday afternoon.

Donovan Warren, the Wolverines highly touted five-star cornerback, behind his play in relief of Johnny Sears on Saturday, has moved into the Starting lineup for the Wolverines as the team prepares to try and bounce back in a big way against the Oregon Ducks in just a few short days.

"Without a doubt we'll be back against Oregon," Warren, who played the majority of the second half in the season opener, said. "We just have got to keep our heads right and we'll be alright."

Despite holding the Mountaineers to little or no yardage for the majority of the second half, the Mountaineers came out on top thanks to a last second field goal, and, despite the overwhelming disappointment in his first game under the winged helmet, Warren can't wait to get back out on the field again.

"We're looking forward to next week. We're not even thinking about the game anymore. After the game… Coach English just told us to keep our heads up," Warren continued. He knows that people are going to be out there saying negatives things about us now. We just need to go out there and play the game on Saturday, and we need to make sure we play hard."

English, however, isn't the only one comfortable enough to throw Warren into the lions den against Oregon and their high-octane offense. After the opener, head coach Lloyd Carr was also quick to praise the work put in the opener by the defensive back.

"I thought Donovan Warren went in as a true freshman and did some good things," Carr said on Monday morning. "He struggled a little bit, but he's a young player. He has good ability and I expect that he will continue to compete.

"It really comes down to the trust that you can develop as a coach in a young player; can he handle the situation and sometimes a guy is not ready even though he has the better physical skills in terms of the measurables," he continued. "…but, in the end of the day, what you have to do is try to put a guy out there that gives you the best chance to win that day."

Now penciled in as a potential starter for Saturday, Warren's pass coverage skills will give the Maize and Blue and chance to get back on track. Oregon, a team that runs a spread similar to that of Appalachian State, comes to the Big House, and Warren, who's dedicated to helping get Michigan back on the winning track, is looking to make an impact now, despite his young age.

"I just want to get better in practice this week. We need to get ready for what Oregon has to bring because we know they're another good offensive team," Warren said. "We just need to keep getting better."

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