In some horrible news Jonas Mouton has suffered a torn ACL and will likely miss the entire 2013 NFL season. Mouton also missed the entire 2011 season after a shoulder injury.
Hope him all the best in his recovery, and he can get back to contributing to the Chargers.
Over at Wolverine Nation, Rothstein wrote up a fluff piece on the improvement of our linebacker corps.
CliffNotes version: he points to the new scheme and improved depth and experience as the main reasons for the overall on-field improvement. Which, like, duh.
Some interesting quotes:
"It's different," linebacker J.B. Fitzgerald said. "Everything is a little bit changed up when you change coaching staffs and all that. However, I think our comfort level this year is really good."
"We don't have to just count on our first string," cornerback Troy Woolfolk said. "If they go down or they get tired, our young set of linebackers will go in and do the job. It's not the man, it's the position."
Nothing really new or earth-shattering, but our linebackers haven't been terrible, and overall I'd say they've definitely been better than last year's group. Hopefully Cam can stay healthy the rest of the year. I am really excited for Jake Ryan's potential, the kid has looked pretty good in the first couple of games, especially if you consider the fact that he's just a redshirt freshman.
Jonas Mouton just signed with the Charges, per Schefter.
Article on ESPN says that, upon further review, Scouts Inc likes what they see in Mouton:
We missed on him,” Muench said. “I don’t know I would have taken him that high, but it wouldn’t be fair to say it was a big reach.”
Muench, who said other NFL teams coveted Mouton in addition to San Diego, said there was a couple of reasons why Scouts Inc. under-ranked Mouton. They initially looked at Mouton, 6-foot-1, 237 pounds, as an outside linebacker, which several teams did as well. But Mouton will likely play inside linebacker for the Chargers’ 3-4 defense. Also, Muench said Mouton doesn’t have elite athletic ability and he may have been downgraded because Michigan’s defense was so poor.
“But look at him again, I think he is a guy who can be a contributor,” Muench said. “He has good instincts and he’s a good tackler … We can see what the Chargers liked in him.”
Was actually pretty surprised--but thrilled--to see him go so high as well. Here's hoping he kick-starts a new age of Michigan NFL alumni success.
DAYS UNTIL JONAS MOUTON FINDS A WAY TO GET THE BALL IN HIS HANDS!
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