Early this offseason, it was announced that Michigan Wolverines linebacker Jake Ryan would move from the outside to the inside. Defensive coordinator Greg Mattison has noted Ryan’s size as reason for the switch, and he’s still going to get many opportunities to make big plays; it just won’t be on the edge anymore. As part of the Big Ten Network’s fall coverage of every team in the conference, Ryan sat down to talk about his move at linebacker, and the switch has him buzzing with excitement.
Of course, we’re all bummed about the lack of locks Ryan will be featuring as he moves inside, but good luck trying to tone him down. Smiling every second of the interview, Ryan seemed like a kid anxiously awaiting the Christmas present he already knows is wrapped up under the tree.
“I’m more in the mix of things, and I love it,” he told the BTN guys. At outside linebacker, Ryan got heavily involved on the edge and kept a close watch on the tight end. The natural assumption is that moving inside puts the clamps on a linebacker because the horizontal game isn’t there, but especially in Michigan’s defense, Ryan is going to be able to burst into the backfield and make things happen on another part of the field.
Perhaps the most encouraging part about this whole move is how willing Ryan is to step up in another position for his team. He talked about how his eyes now have to shift to the running back and how there’s a lot more going on at the inside position, but he looks so eager to do it.
Ryan also addressed his ACL in the first portion of the interview, telling the BTN crew he feels “like it never even happened.” He said he’ll be wearing the knee brace in practice, but it’ll likely come off in games.