In the latest edition of the Wolverine Chronicle’s exclusive segment, “Behind Enemy Lines”, Michael Smeltzer engaged in a compelling interview with UNLV insider and play-by-play announcer, Tony Cordasco. The two delved into a detailed analysis of the Michigan Wolverines’ Week 2 matchup with the UNLV Rebels, set to take place on September 9th, 2023.
Cordasco, with his unique insight into the Rebels, highlighted the strength of the team – their secondary. As per his observation at spring practices, the secondary, with its depth of talented returning lettermen, seemed robust. This was further strengthened with the addition of more pieces post-spring football. With about 20 or more defensive backs on the roster and more on the way, Cordasco is confident in the defensive capabilities of the Rebels.
When asked about the player expected to disrupt the Michigan offense the most, Cordasco pointed to the linebacker, Jackson Woodard. The Arkansas transfer is touted as the “quarterback on defense,” underscoring his significant role within the team.
Cordasco ended his interview on a humorous note when asked to complete the sentence, “Michigan wins if…” After a quick jest about a million-dollar incentive, he got serious. Cordasco indicated that the key to the Wolverines winning is their run defense. If the Wolverines can successfully stop the run, it would throw a wrench into the Rebels’ game plan. He made special mention of Blake Corum, whose return and health could be a determining factor in the game.
Overall, the interview shed an intriguing light on the forthcoming matchup, highlighting the strengths, key players, and potential strategies of the UNLV Rebels.