Michigan Football: Phil Steele expects underclassmen to lead Wolverines

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The impactful sophomore’s to follow.

Daxton Hill should emerge in his second season. The former five-star recruit has size and speed that will correlate well at the free safety position.

Hill appeared in 13 games in 2019, while managing to receive three starts under his belt. He was the highest-rated safety in his class out of high school and flipped to Michigan after committing to Alabama early on in the recruiting process.

He is a dynamic player, so don’t be surprised if he reaches the endzone or makes a few jaw-dropping plays this season during his “coming-out party.” However, he won’t be the only sophomore head-turner for the Maize and Blue.

Giles Jackson will make some noise working out of the slot on offense and in the return game. The speedster runs a 4.4 (40-yard dash) and should benefit from playing against single coverage while teams focus on Collins and Bell.

"“We love Giles (Jackson) back there,” said Jay Harbaugh while speaking with the Detroit Free Press, who moved into a new role as special teams coordinator during the winter. “I think everybody does. Crazy fast, super talented. And he even left some yards out there last year that I think this year, he’s going to be able to take advantage of just continuing to improve with the way that he understands our system, seeing the blocking scheme developed. So expecting a huge year from him.”"