Jordan Glasgow takes on 'challenge' of VIPER position

Jordan Glasgow is up for the "challenge" of playing viper at Michigan.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- With Jabrill Peppers off to the NFL, Michigan must restock his position and his intangibles he brought with it.

While that may be easier said than done, junior Jordan Glasgow is up for the task.

“I really like the position,” said Glasgow, who totaled 12 tackles in primarily a special teams role in 2016. “You saw Jabrill play it last year. It’s a playmaker position and it’s a really fun position to be on the field.”

Well, Glasgow is right.

At viper, DC Don Brown asks his players to play a hybrid linebacker-safety position, generally giving up size for speed.  At 6-foot-1, 210-pounds, Glasgow, a former safety, fits that mold.

“I really don’t think there is a challenge, cause I came from safety and the other viper playing me came from safety. So it’s more like we came from a more coverage position to covering tight ends and stuff like that. So I feel like it’s a easy transition in general,” Glasgow said.

And with U-M’s annual spring coming up on Saturday at 1 p.m., Glasgow should see heaving playing time at viper as Brown figures out who his next potential Peppers replacement will be.

“Right now I am the backup viper,” Glasgow said. “And I feel like I am playing well. I might be able to see some time on defense at the viper position, maybe some other specific packages on the defense we haven’t looked at because it’s spring ball. Once we get closer to the actual season, it will become a lot more clear. But right now all I can do is try to play my best and be able to raise my stock as much as possible.”

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