Already as a freshman Jake Ryan has began his red shirt college career with a winning season, a victory of new member Nebraska, made several huge tackles and big plays this season, won his first Little Brown Jug game and defeated Ohio State. It all ended up in a BCS victory and a Sugar Bowl Championship. Talk about a hell of a starting resume for the 6'3 linebacker from Westlake Ohio. Jake Ryan has turned out to be someone to really keep your eyes on in the next 2 years at Michigan.
He plays with a ton of emotion and loves every minute he is on that field. As soon as Hoke put him in the lineup he made a huge difference with Kovacs, Martin, Van Bergen and Roh. He fit with those 4 like it was meant to be. Each time he made a huge stop or sack the kid was excentric about it. He's big, stocky, tough and is out for blood every minute he is out there. He reminds me a little of Lamar Woodley and he's only going to get better with experience. I for one am very excited to see this young man blossom into a leader next year with our defense. We're losing depth in defense next year, it's just a hard fact but with players like Ryan stepping up and sending messages to our opposition every game then anything is possible. I think of all the Wolverines I paid the most attention to at the end of the season he really stood out. Who are some of yours? Especially freshman or sophmores.