Gordon was a stand out as a receiver and safety for the Vikings, and turned heads as a scout team receiver while redshirting last season.
This year, however, he was moved to free safety, and he says, for the good of the team, it was a willing move.
"I feel like the transition was a good one," Gordon said following the spring game. "I think the coaches feel the same way. I still have more work to do and more learning to do."
Gordon, at 6'3, 208-lbs, has unusual size for a free safety and a penchant for big hits. Nearly everyone who has watched the Wolverines in the spring have pointed to him as one of the team's potential breakout stars. However, he has not let those positive press clippings go to his head.
When asked what he has to do to get ready for fall still, he responded, "A lot. A lot. I think this is just potential that people are seeing. I will give myself some credit, but there's still a lot of work to be done."
One of those keys, Gordon says, is continuing to work with strength and conditioning coach Mike Barwis on getting bigger and stronger.
The other component, is the mental aspect. Reading and reacting to plays, as well as being in correct position to make plays, a key for the free safety spot.
"We have a lot of responsibilities," Gordon admitted. "It depends on the coverage and what's going on. It depends on what the coaches are saying, but they want us fo fly around to the ball and make plays."
Spring is over now, but the Wolverines remain focused on the same thing they have been all spring: the start of the season, and when they next take to Michigan Stadium, they will have a new man patroling the secondary.
"It's crazy because spring ball is the exciting time. You have all the fans all in the Big House, but now that's over. Now we're focused on getting ready for the first game. That's our focus right now. UConn."