Weight: 225 lbs.
High school: Sylvania (OH) Southview
Class: Redshirt junior
Jersey number: #12
Last year: I ranked Gant #56 and said he would be a backup linebacker and special teamer. He made 5 tackles.
The Wolverines have been rather deep at the linebacker positions for the past couple years, which can perhaps explain why it has been difficult for Gant to see the field much. Last season he was behind a couple other players at SAM linebacker, and when Michigan used its nickel package - which happened quite a bit - the SAM linebacker was taken off the field altogether. So for a second year in a row, Gant was essentially limited to special teams, where he made 5 tackles.
Nothing much should change in 2015. Michigan lost middle linebacker Jake Ryan to graduation and the NFL, but everyone else returns at the position group, except Michael Ferns (who transferred after his freshman year) and Chase Winovich (who transitioned to offense). Those two freshmen were behind Gant, anyway, so the struggle for playing time remains. On the plus side for Gant, four senior linebackers will graduate after the upcoming season and he looks to have put on some of the weight he has been lacking the last few years. On the negative side, the coaching staff is recruiting a ton of linebackers in the 2016 class, and if they don't think he can be a major contributor next season, this could be his final campaign in the Maize and Blue.
Prediction: Backup linebacker, special teamer