Michigan’s Lavert Hill: Penn State ‘Disrespected Us’ In Last Year’s White Out Game
There may not be a single player in college football that hates Penn State more than Michigan cornerback Lavert Hill.
Hill and the Wolverines were on the wrong end of a 42-13 beatdown in last year’s White Out game in front of a then-record crowd at Beaver Stadium. The cornerback reflected on that loss during the weekly “Inside Michigan” radio show Monday.
“They disrespected us with the loss that we took last year,” Hill said. “Like [Michigan defensive coordinator Don] Brown said, we got to take it personal.”
Hill is clearly following in his defensive coordinator’s footsteps and taking the loss personally. Don Brown confessed last week that he thinks about the ass-kicking his defense got in Happy Valley last season “every morning.”
The cornerback wasn’t afraid to express his hate for Penn State on Monday, but he was much more calm and collected than immediately after last year’s White Out game. Hill flipped off Penn State’s student section as it celebrated the Nittany Lions’ emphatic victory.
Hill actually committed to the Nittany Lions in January 2015, but decommitted in November of that year and eventually swore his allegiances to the Wolverines. He said that his older brother, Delano, spending his college career in Ann Arbor was the biggest influence in his decision to spurn the Nittany Lions for Jim Harbaugh’s program later in the radio show.
While certain Michigan men haven’t been afraid to beat their chests about how much hatred they have for Penn State, Harbaugh and Michigan cornerbacks coach Michael Zordich heaped plenty of praise for Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley during the hour-long show.
“[Trace McSorley] is a winning player,” Harbaugh said. “I think he has that winning ‘it’ factor. He’s having a heck of a good year. He’s a threat to run or throw, and their offense has been highly productive. They’re doing it through the air and on the ground, and he’s leading the way.”
Zordich, who won a national championship with Penn State as a starting defensive back in 1982, expects the Nittany Lions to run plenty of passing plays on Saturday afternoon and said his group is excited to face a quarterback as talented as McSorley.
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