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Hit stick much?
Brandin Hawthorne and the group of linebackers that Michigan will be throwing out there in 2012 could be special. They may be the best in the Big Ten, perhaps, with several guys wreaking havoc.
We saw Jake Ryan burst on the scene in last year's spring game, but Ryan is a stud and then some. He can line up on the line (went up against Taylor Lewan), and he can drop back in coverage as well.
Throw in Kenny Demens as well, who some look at as the most complete guy of the bunch. And there is Mike Jones and Cameron Gordon, who should also see significant playing time.
The battle should be intense to see who starts, but the depth behind the starters will not give much (if any) of a decrease in production.
In just 20 weeks, we will be kicking off the season, as the Michigan Wolverines will attempt to win their first Big Ten title since 2004. A preseason top 10 ranking is likely, and another trip to Pasadena (2006) could be in their sights if they continue to improve on both lines of scrimmage.
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