Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 8/15/13
Two short seasons after starting his Michigan Wolverines career on one of the nation’s worst defenses, Thomas Gordon, with the help of Brady Hoke, enters his senior season as an anchor on one of the nation’s best defensive units. After seeing action as a hybrid linebacker while a redshirt freshman, Gordon’s move to safety his sophomore season has proved beneficial for the Michigan Wolverines defense. His ability to play both strong and free safety, overall athletic ability, and natural instincts make him a problem for opposing offenses and a target for NFL scouts. “We have all the pieces in place, we expect to make that run and win every game this year. There are no excuses,” Gordon said at Big Ten Media Day. Despite his experience and ability, however, Gordon does have some work to do, as does any incoming senior. A bit of inconsistency with a blown coverage here and there is expected, but a mistake while under the microscope of NFL scouts can mean the difference between a second- and fourth-round selection. “I look at those rangy safeties that can do it all, and that’s really the model of the NFL safety, it’s what it’s turning into,” Gordon said. “You got to put more emphasis on the slot. Can you come down and cover athletic tight ends? That’s what helping me in we have one of the best tight ends in the country, and checking slot guys is really helping my game.” This offseason should have proved to be very beneficial for Gordon and the Wolverine defense.  And with high hopes going into the 2013 season, anything less productive than last year will be a major disappointment for Gordon and the Michigan Wolverines. There aren’t a lot of starters coming back on that unit. Thomas Gordon at a glance:                                     Tac         Ast         Tot     TFL       Yds      Sack     Yds      PBU      FR        Yds       FF Career Total       100         71          171        9.5          39          3.0         27          4             4             0             3 Career Interception Returns Num      Yds         TD           Lng 3               19               0             19   The post Michigan Wolverines defense will need a lot from Thomas Gordon appeared first on The Sports Bank.Net.
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