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Michigan's linebacking situation is a bit of a hard one to judge because of Jake Ryan's status. With him, this is probably the strongest position on the entire team.
However, the Wolverines will likely be without him for at least half the season, so this ranking is based on him not being part of it.
What that tells you about the job the coaches have done is that even when Ryan goes down, this remains one of the strongest positions on the team.
In my opinion, this unit is so strong because of James Ross. He's only a sophomore and this will be his first season as a starter, but the expectations are through the roof for him.
He's going to emerge in a big way and should be an absolute stud.
Meanwhile, everyone knows what to expect out of veteran Desmond Morgan by now: He's not the most physically gifted player, but he simply gets the job done.
The SAM position that Ryan left vacated is where the question marks lie. Brennen Beyer and Cam Gordon will likely be co-starters, substituting in and out on passing and running downs.
The depth as a whole is very strong as well, with Joe Bolden likely being one of the top non-starting linebackers in the Big Ten.
Needless to say, Jake Ryan is obviously the key to this unit. If he is able to return to his old form in early November like some think, watch out.