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First and foremost, I think people are pretty surprised that we didn't see more of Joe Bolden. He didn't see significant time until late in the game.
What's even more surprising than Bolden's absence is how much time fellow true freshman James Ross saw. All along, everybody thought that if Michigan was going to have a true freshman linebacker contribute, it would be Bolden. That wasn't the case on Saturday.
Did Ross impress the coaches that much? Or was he inserted because the starters were struggling so bad? Either way, it looks like he could play a significant role this season. I still think Bolden will play a significant role as well.
It was absolutely great to see Cam Gordon see extensive playing time again. Greg Mattison really hyped him throughout fall practice and after last season's disaster for Cam, it was great to see him contribute again.
Even though he didn't see any time at linebacker, Royce Jenkins-Stone was put in on the special teams unit. This was especially surprising because he looked like a guy who was certain to redshirt.
What happened to Brandin Hawthorne? Since the midway point of last season, he has completely fallen off the map. He was absent once again from Saturday's game.
All in all, the linebackers were a disappointment and really need to step it up.