BRADENTON, Fla. – Due to graduation, linebacker play was a concern for Michigan heading into its spring camp.
However, after four days of spring practice at IMG Academy (Fla.), Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh isn’t as concerned as he once was.
In fact, Harbaugh listed off some of U-M’s notable linebackers after the Wolverines’ final practice session on Friday.
“I think Ben Gedeon is a stud,” Harbaugh said. “He had a great four days of camp so far. I think he’s doing a tremendous job.”
And the praise didn’t stop with Gedeon.
“I think Noah Furbush is going to contribute,” Harbaugh said. “Devin Bush Jr. is going to be good (too). So we got some real good players in there. I feel much better about our linebacker situation after four days.”
The surprise standout from the linebacker group may be Mike McCray, who has dealt with injuries throughout his Michigan career, but earned high remarks from Harbaugh.
“Mike McCray, keeping your fingers crossed that things continue go well for him,” Harbaugh said. “He’s been hampered by injury in his career. But hopefully now is the time his (health) gets right, and it’s all going to keep going well for him. I keep thinking a lot about that. But he’s doing extremely well.”
Harbaugh also noted Chase Winovich, Taco Charloton, Maurice Hurst Jr., Matt Godin, Channing Stribling and Jourdan Lewis as other notable standouts from this week.
Switches on the O-line
Junior offensive lineman Mason Cole’s move to center has been “good,” says Harbaugh, who pointed out he can start at any position on the offensive front if needed.
Cole, of course, has started 25 games in his first two seasons at left tackle.
“I don’t really have any concerns,” Harbaugh said of Cole’s move center. “Mason can play left tackle. Mason can play guard. Mason can play center. Today, you get the pads on and it’s a little different then what it’s been. But I am very confident he will be a very good starter at a very high level at whatever position we play him at.”
Adding: “Like we’ve said before, we’ll continue to look at what our best combination is to have our best five on the offensive line. “
With Cole at center, sophomore Grant Newsome has been playing exclusively at left tackle throughout the week. So far, he’s adjusting well says Harbaugh.
“He’s doing well,” Harbaugh said of Newsome. “They did well without the pads, did well with the pads. So feeling good about that.” Michigan plays its annual spring gam on Friday evening April 1.