Michigan safety Tyree Kinnel, a junior from Wayne High School, did not beat around the bush when asked about motivation for the Wolverines when facing Ohio State on Saturday.
“We want to beat them,” Kinnel said early in the week per the Detroit News. “We want to ruin their season. We want to go into bowl prep with a great win and confidence for our bowl game.”
Kinnel has started all 11 games in the secondary for Michigan this season after seeing time as a reserve and on special teams in his first two years in Ann Arbor.
He joins fifth-year senior Mike McCray II to give the Wolverines’ vaunted defense two starters from the Miami Valley.
McCray, whose father (also named Mike), is a second-year starter at linebacker.
McCray is tied for third on the team with 64 tackles, including 10 for loss and five sacks.
Kinnel has 63 tackles and two interceptions with six pass breakups.