|Desmond Morgan (#44) played extensively as a true freshman last season|
Desmond Morgan: 64%
The sophomore Morgan appears to be the starting weakside linebacker going into the spring, which continues his reign on the spot from last season. Last year he made 63 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, and 1 sack while playing in twelve of the thirteen games. He has added some weight during the off-season, so we'll see if that affects his speed in a significant way.
Joe Bolden: 17%
Bolden is a 6'3", 230 lb. true freshman who enrolled early and has been practicing with the team throughout the spring. He earned rave reviews at the Under Armour All American Game practices, and so far this spring, practice observers have been impressed, too. According to several accounts, he has passed all but Kenny Demens for middle linebacker reps this spring.
Brandin Hawthorne: 5%
Hawthorne is a 6'0", 214 lb. senior who played pretty extensively last season. He made 43 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and 1 sack while starting five of the twelve games in which he played. He lost playing time in the second half of the season to Morgan, though, and this spring he has still been a backup.
Antonio Poole: 5%
Poole is a 6'2", 212 lb. redshirt freshman who has yet to see the field for the Wolverines. Some rumors have suggested that he's the #2 weakside linebacker this spring, but he has also seen some reps behind Demens and Bolden at the MIKE position.
James Ross: 4%
Ross will be a true freshman in the fall and has yet to enroll at Michigan. As far as recruiting hype goes, he's the most touted linebacker of the entire group. But he's also probably the smallest and he has the least experience, so it will be an uphill battle for him to get on the field this fall.
Kaleb Ringer: 0%
Ringer is one of three true freshmen to enroll early in January (Bolden, safety Jarrod Wilson). He has been practicing this spring, but generally seems to be the least mentioned of the three. And with the depth at inside linebacker, he seems to be way down the list. He has also been getting limited reps at middle linebacker.