Who's Standing Out for Michigan at WILL and Backup MIKE Linebacker

Who's Standing Out for Michigan at WILL and Backup MIKE Linebacker

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Who's Standing Out for Michigan at WILL and Backup MIKE Linebacker

Michigan isn’t replacing much on the defensive side of the ball, numbers-wise, but the players they are replacing were solid for the Wolverines in recent years.

Of course, we already know that Michael Dwumfour is stepping into the big shoes of tackle Mo Hurst, but at WILL linebacker, who will replace former team captain Mike McCray?

Days into fall camp, Don Brown says it’s still a battle, and one he anticipates will be ongoing.

He mentioned three names that could be the guy there, including a second-year player that’s already a fan (and coaches’) favorite, and a third-year player who came to Ann Arbor with very little fanfare — yet started in McCray’s place against Florida when he dealt with an equipment malfunction.

“The guys that are in the battle there are Devin Gil, Josh Ross and Drew Singleton,” Brown said. “Those three guys are in that fistfight. Coach likes to use the term ‘cagematch,’ I guess that’s what it is. If you ask me today who’s the leader in the clubhouse, I would say, ‘There is none.’ If you ask me, I think Josh and Devin Gil are slightly ahead of Drew. So if that would be the case, we would let them both play and see who steps up and separates, or if they both keep playing well, we just leave it alone.”

But that’s not the whole story.

Brown says that one of the aforementioned players has also been working at MIKE, which makes sense given his penchant for hard hitting.

And, in talking about the ongoing battle, one second-year player that fans have wondered about bested even the stalwart Devin Bush Jr. in Tuesday’s practice.

While there’s little doubt that Bush’s position is secure, it certainly opens things up for the rotation should either become a force in the middle of the defense as camp rages on.

“The good thing, too, is we’ve been working Josh Ross in Devin Bush’s place, so he’s been kinda cross-training,” Brown said. “It’s kind of a three-for-two deal. But then if you ask me who had the best practice out of those guys yesterday, I would say Jordan Anthony came out of the closet and really had his best practice at MIKE. So that’s a good thing.

“That’s kind of where I see it right now.”

Fall camp will continue until August 27, when Michigan will formally turn its attention to Notre Dame. The Wolverines and Fighting Irish will square off in South Bend on September 1 at 7:30PM.

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