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Cameron Gordon is the favorite to replace Jake Ryan.
With Jake Ryan expected to miss a significant amount of the 2013 season, the Michigan Wolverines will turn to fifth-year senior outside linebacker Cameron Gordon to produce in the absence of their best defensive player.
Gordon has just 17 total appearances sand seven starts at linebacker over the course of his career at Michigan.
Still, head coach Brady Hoke had plenty of praise for Gordon in a press conference earlier this week.
"Cam's had a tremendous winter," Hoke said, according to MGoBlog.com. "It will be fun to see the things we can do with both (he and Jake Ryan) of them on the field."
Obviously, the second part of Hoke's statement is no longer an option, but the fact the staff has considered putting Gordon on the field more often is a great sign for the Wolverines.
Defensive coordinator Greg Mattison also had nothing but good things to say about Gordon this week.
"There is one guy that when I looked at the tape from last year, and I coached the position, I said, 'I should have played him more', and that's Cam Gordon," Mattison told Michael Spath of TheWolverine.com. "He made a lot of plays that nobody might have seen and he played better than I gave him credit for."
If Gordon is able to win the starting job, it will keep Michigan from forcing one of its linebackers to change positions. Now that Gordon is the favorite to replace Ryan, his stock is soaring.