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Why Aidan Hutchinson is primed for a star season in Michigan's new defense

INDIANAPOLIS — Mike Macdonald understands how important Aidan Hutchinson is to Michigan football's defense.

That is why, earlier this spring, the first-year defensive coordinator sat down with Hutchinson and said he would be holding the senior edge-rusher — who fractured his right ankle last November and underwent season-ending surgery — out of spring practices.

“I got cleared to practice in March but coach Macdonald held me out, and we had a little argument about it,” Hutchinson recalled Thursday at Big Ten media days. “So they held me out of spring ball.