Michigan senior LB Ben Gedeon discusses his new role in Don Brown's defense.

Michigan senior LB Ben Gideon discusses his new role in Don Brown's defense.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Change is a good thing if you’re Ben Gedeon.

After spending his first three seasons at Michigan as a backup linebacker, Gedeon is now moving into the starting middle linebacker position in defensive coordinator Don Brown’s defense.

“I think I’ve done well,” Gedeon said. “Obviously there is a lot of room for improvement. Just basic techniques things everyday, and that’s what you focus on this spring, is you know, getting off blocks, making tackles, things like that. That’s what the spring is awesome for.”

This spring has also been an opportunity for Gedeon to work on his leadership skills.

“I think this spring has been good for me because I’ve had to concentrate on being more vocal as the middle linebacker sending guys out in front of me,” Gedeon said. “So this spring has been really good for me getting that done.”

Gedeon finished with 34 tackles with three tackles-for-loss in former defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin’s defensive scheme in 2015. But with the hire of Brown, specifically his blitz style of play, Gedeon says he expects to be able to roam and make more plays in Brown’s defensive plan. 

“His style of defense takes out a lot of the thinking that us linebackers have,” Gedeon said. “We’re just running around making plays. Which nothing is better than that for us.”

Who else is sticking out among the linebackers this spring?

“Mike McCray is playing a lot football, he’s had some injuries, but he’s finally able to play a ton of football this spring, he’s looking awesome,” Gedeon said. “Devin Bush (Jr.) coming in doesn’t look like a freshman. I mean, he’s a smart kid, he’s picking up on schemes faster than I’ve seen, so I’m excited about a lot of the guys around me.”

Michigan plays its annual spring game this Friday at 6 p.m.

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