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Michigan defense climbs to No. 3

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 Michigan defense climbs to No. 3

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan's defense, led by defensive coordinator Jesse Minter, held rival Michigan State to only one score in the Wolverines' 29-7 victory Saturday night. Michigan's defense has climbed to No. 3 in the national rankings, allowing opponents only 11.5 points and 250 yards per game. Jesse, 39, has been a key contributor in Michigan's 8-0 start this season.

The Wolverines are ranked No. 4 in the Associated Press's national poll. Jesse's father is Rick Minter, a former Texas High standout who was head football coach for Cincinnati from 1994-2003. Rick, who is an analyst for Michigan's football team, hasn't forgotten his Nash, Texas, roots. "A few years ago when I was coaching the Birmingham Iron, the league folded and it was too late in the season to find another job," Rick said. "I moved in with my mother (Barbara Minter) in Nash and lived in the same bedroom I grew up in.

All her sons, including myself, love her very much. At 88, she's still very special to all of her family members, and always will be." Rick is one of her five boys. The others are Mike, Danny, Tommy and Vince (an assistant Texas High coach). "It's always great to visit my family and hometown," Rick said.

"I'm still a Nash boy at heart." Trotter coaching Butler INDIANAPOLIS -- Jaleesa Trotter, a former Texas High standout, is an assistant volleyball coach at Butler University in Indianapolis. Trotter is the daughter of Texas High volleyball head coach Melissa Trotter-Hardy, whose Lady Tigers (30-9) open the Class 5A state playoffs against Huntsville today. Jaleesa played on Texas High's teams that her mother coached. The Lady Bulldogs of the Big East, are 12-12 overall and 5-5 in conference. Recently an assistant at Ouachita Baptist, Jaleesa played collegiate at Syracuse from 2015-2018 and then professionally for a season with Polly Kuhsamo in Finland.

She ranks eighth in Syracuse history with 2,520 career assists. Jaleesa's mother played college volleyball at Henderson State, and her uncle, Jeremiah Trotter, formerly of Hooks, Texas, played 12 years in the NFL. Butler is known for its strong men's basketball team. It's also famous for being the final game of the 1986 film "Hoosiers," which was filmed in Butler's Hinkle Fieldhouse, a National Historic Landmark.

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