Where do the incoming freshmen linebackers project?

Submitted by KevbosLastingLessons on January 7th, 2012 at 5:30 PM

A little mental distraction from the impending Lions game. UM obviously has 4 stud linebackers in this class. Anyone know where specifically these guys project? I know Ross was told he will play weakside. It looks like Bolden and RJS are more of the MLB type (Or maybe weakside in the 4-3 under). Then what about Ringer? Does anyone project to Sam? 

Go Lions.


One Inch Woody…

January 7th, 2012 at 5:48 PM ^

Ross was told to play WLB? I could have sworn he was going to be an MIKE but okay.

RJS has a huge frame but apparently hasn't been able to pack on the weight, so at 6' 2'' 225 or whatever he is, he'd probably be best at WILL. Bolden I hear is a little bit bigger at 6' 3'' so he would be great for the SAM position when Jake Ryan packs on some weight and moves to either SDE or WDE. Ringer needs to put on a lot of weight, but he's definitely a MIKE type.


January 8th, 2012 at 1:02 PM ^

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January 7th, 2012 at 6:09 PM ^

In an interview with Rivals a few months ago he mentioned the coaches are looking at him at WILL. It makes sense because the WILL in a 4-3 under is like an ILB in a 3-4, but he has to have more range, which he has. Some are worried he won't be able to add much more muscle to his frame, so his size and abilities project perfectly to the WILL also. 


January 7th, 2012 at 6:05 PM ^

If I remember the story correctly, Ringer hurt his knee during his H.S. season. He and his family/coaches decided to shut him down so that he would still be on track to participate in spring football at Michigan. They kept it fairly quiet and some people read something else into the end of his season.


January 7th, 2012 at 6:07 PM ^

Bolden is a MLB and will probably fight for 2nd string to backup Demens.
<br>Ross is a WLB
<br>Both of them could compete for playing time early.
<br>RJS I believe was pegged for MLB or SLB.
<br>Not sure about Ringer. Seems too short for SLB. If he's big enough I would think WLB.


January 7th, 2012 at 6:14 PM ^

In this defense, the skillsets for MLB and WLB are nearly identical. Even moreso for freshmen, who have yet to be coached at either position. We have 4 LB recruits who will be coached as either MLB/WLB depending on their skills and possible contribution to the team. That's why I think Bolden will start at WLB despite being recruited as a MLB.


January 7th, 2012 at 6:38 PM ^

Ross is a WLB through and through.

RJS, Bolden, and Ringer were all told at one time that they'd be playing MLB. My best guess is that Ringer and Bolden stay inside and RJS is a SAM


January 7th, 2012 at 6:41 PM ^

Definitely agree with this breakdown, though I could see Bolden competing for early playing time at WLB. He played both outside and inside in the Under Armour game, and I'm not completely sold on Desmond Morgan as a long-term starter. Also, I just think Bolden is very, very good, and he's got the advantage of enrolling early.

Blue boy johnson

January 7th, 2012 at 6:42 PM ^

MLB (4 + 0)

J. Bolden


I. Bell*

K. Demens*

M. Evans* JB.Fitzgerald

SLB (4 + 1) J. Ross

J. Ryan*
J. Paskorz*
B. Beyer

C. Gordon*  


WLB (5 - 0) K. Ringer

A. Poole   D.Morgan

M. Jones* B. Hawthorne B. Herron*


Victor Hale II

January 8th, 2012 at 8:05 AM ^

Those kids will likely cherish that pic and the memories from the AAA game for the rest of their lives.  Let's hope the same goes for their UM careers!


BTW, this pics should serve as a nice salve for anyone who's been alarmed about any lack of size in the UM trenches.  Look at the size of OP, KK, and EM!  GEEZUZ!!


January 7th, 2012 at 7:06 PM ^

Ugh.  No offense, people, but here's the breakdown for the thousandth time:

Ross: WILL
Ringer: WILL
Bolden: MIKE
Jenkins-Stone: MIKE

We have not successfully recruited anyone for SAM in this class, unless a guy like Ojemudia ends up there.  That's not to say that somebody like Jenkins-Stone can't play SAM eventually, but the above positions are where they were recruited.

If you need evidence that Ringer is headed for WILL, check out this quote:

"He said they see me moving to the outside and playing WILL, which is what my high school coaches are going to do anyway so I get a little preparation before I leave."




January 7th, 2012 at 7:40 PM ^

So there's 3 (hopefully) more years of Ryan and then a year potentially with Beyer. Unless Beyer doesn't develop to the point where he can be a servicable starter, which is unlikely given the propensity of this staff to develop players, SAM isn't a pressing need in this class.

It should be a priority to recruit one next year though so they don't necessarily have to play an underclassman once the above players graduate.

Blue boy johnson

January 7th, 2012 at 7:43 PM ^

Ryan and Beyer are both freshman, Ryan being of the redshirt variety, so they should graduate together. There is some speculation Ryan could move to the D-line, but we have to wait and see on that one. Originally Beyer was on the D-line but ended up flip-flopping with Frank Clark. It's a fluid situation.


January 7th, 2012 at 8:03 PM ^

Right, for whatever reason I decided at that moment that Beyer redshirted, knowing fully well he played this year. Major brain fart there.

But yes, that's not completely unrealistic to see Ryan play WDE if they don't think Clark or Black can replace Roh, but at this time he's still too small for SDE at 230lbs, so hopefully Black can fill that with Clark at WDE and Ryan staying at SLB.

I'd just like to see Ryan stay at LB just because his speed can be utilized in coverage as well, but your point stands that its not going to be a weak spot any time soon, I don't think that was ever a question after Ryan's emergance as a playmaker.


January 7th, 2012 at 8:09 PM ^

how they could get cam gordon on the feild.  I know he was injured and then presumably waqs outplayed for the staerting role.  Just curious if any one knew what the deal was because he was apparently looking great in the spring.  That being said i have not heard two words about him since spring.


January 8th, 2012 at 6:48 AM ^

He was injured to begin the season and missed a lot of practice time.  He came back to play special teams, and I think he could pass up Beyer once again at SAM.  I was not impressed with Beyer at all this year.  I think he will be good at some point, but he's a freshman...and freshmen aren't typically very good.