Jordan Glasgow Drawing Praise from Coaches, Players Alike

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Jordan Glasgow Drawing Praise from Coaches, Players Alike

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Jordan Glasgow Drawing Praise from Coaches, Players Alike

ANN ARBOR, Mich — The Glasgow family might as well be legends in Ann Arbor.

Once upon a time, offensive lineman Graham Glasgow was fully intent on being a preferred walk-on at Ohio State. But then, Jim Tressel resigned due to the “Tattoogate” scandal, and the elder Glasgow saw it more fit for his college career to take place at rival Michigan.

He went on to become a great center for the Wolverines, and was subsequently drafted in the third round.

Then, his younger brother, Ryan Glasgow, walked on at defensive tackle. A few years down the line, Ryan was perhaps Michigan’s best defensive lineman — high praise given that Taco Charlton was drafted in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft and Chris Wormley went in the third round.

But there’s another Glasgow that still remains in Ann Arbor, and while he isn’t of the lineman variety, he’s someone that Michigan fans should expect to see make plays this season.

Also a former walk-on, Jordan Glasgow is more diminutive in stature compared to his lineman brothers, but now that he’s playing the VIPER position (after spending last season at safety), Jordan is making waves, and impressing the coaching staff.

Last week, with fall camp having just got underway, Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown raved about the job that Glasgow has been doing behind incumbent starter Khaleke Hudson — a player everyone and their brother has been raving about in recent weeks/months.

Brown said that once the team made the switch, moving Glasgow from safety to VIPER, he’s been a completely different player.

“The second guy is Jordan Glasgow,” Brown said. “I think he got kinda lost in the soup. But he is a poor man’s Khaleke Hudson. Solid cover– when he was playing safety, I was constantly in his shirt about one thing: covering the slots. But then why ask him to cover the slots? Get out. Now we’ve moved him to VIPER, so there’s really nothing left to say. He’s a good blitzer. He’s strong enough to play in the run game. He’s a smart guy. Sometimes I’ve gotta punch him in the nose and say, ‘Stop talking!’ And he’s a good run defender. So, he has all the traits that we’re looking for.”

But it isn’t just his defensive coordinator’s attention he’s grabbed.

On Monday, ten days into fall camp, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh was going down his laundry list of guys who have impressed him thus far, naming the obvious names such as Rashan Gary and Devin Bush Jr.

But then, he turned on a dime, and spoke significantly about Glasgow, sharing how it’s not just his talent, but also his work ethic that has played such a major role on this iteration of the Michigan defense — and beyond.

“Jordan Glasgow – it just hits you every day,” Harbaugh said. “He just takes every play – he goes hard every play. And he knows his assignment. As a coach, those are the two things you look for. Any football team, you stress the most – the thing we stress the most here is – that’s what you coach. That’s what we want you to do. We want you to play hard every single play, and know your assignments and do your job. And nobody does it better than Jordan Glasgow.

“Plus, he’s not just really doing it on the defensive side, but you toot the whistle, and go to special teams. And you see him covering the kickoff at 40 yards, and you flip it around on the punt, and you’re going another 40 yards – as hard as he can go on every play. It’s good stuff.”

Also on Monday, starting VIPER Khaleke Hudson spoke about how the defensive second-rotation is nearly at the same level as the first rotation, saying, “The twos are right there with the ones. If anything, the twos can come in and do the same thing the ones are able to do. I feel like they’re doing a great job. We’re all doing a great job as a group – staying together and being in sync.”

Looking specifically at his backup, Hudson raved about how far Glasgow has come since moving over to VIPER permanently.

It’s not just that he can spell him on the field, but he has good eyes, and that both players are helping each other improve.

“Glas has progressed a lot,” Hudson said. “Me and him have been working together, watching film. Just helping each other on the field. If he sees me mess up, he’ll let me know about it. He’ll let me know what I could have did better to do better on that play, and I do the same thing for him. I feel like he’s just a great player to have with me, to have in the VIPERs room, and I can’t wait to start the season with him.”

The season will start in earnest on September 1, when Michigan takes on Notre Dame in South Bend at 7:30PM.

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