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    Michigan secondary plans to have Daxton Hill ‘do a little bit of everything,’ keep foes guessing

    There are no cornerbacks set in stone as Michigan starters yet, but safety Daxton Hill certainly has a key role that is not exactly defined, and that’s how defensive pass-game coordinator Steve Clinkscale wants it.

    Clinkscale, who was hired from Kentucky after Michigan had completed spring practice to replace Maurice Linguist, now Buffalo’s head coach, spoke Thursday during a Zoom call with reporters about playing chess with offensive coordinators and quarterbacks. He wants to build a menu of options from which his defensive backs can order and confuse opponents.

    As Michigan continues preparations in preseason camp ahead of the Sept. 4 opener against Western Michigan, Clinkscale knows Hill, a 6-foot, 192-pound junior, is the marquee player in the secondary. He intends to have Hill as involved as possible.

    “Our plan right now is for Dax to do a little bit of everything,” Clinkscale said. “We’re gonna need him to kind of be a jack of all trades. He has a skill set of a corner with the ability to make plays as a safety and a mindset of a safety. I’m really excited about all the plays he can make.”

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