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Hoke Names Gordon Starter at Safety

After previously naming only upper classmen Jordan Kovacs, Troy Woolfolk and Mike Martin starters, Brady Hoke has named an under classmen a defensive starter, Thomas Gordon.  Gordon, a sophomore, will line up next to Jordan Kovacs.  The Detroit native will serve as an enforcer in the Michigan defensive backfield.  In nine appearances last year, Gordon lined up as a hybrid Linebacker, where he accrued 2 sacks and 4 tackles for a loss.  Hybrid Linebackers do not exist in a Greg Mattison defense, so the move to insert Gordon as a starter was a bit of a surprise.  In his high school days, Gordon was a 3 star recruit that played in a defense with another Michigan defender, William Campbell.  The Wolverines hope that Campbell will see a player who was less heralded from his high school, that is now starting, and it will light a fire under him.  Until then, Thomas Gordon will be Michigan’s lone defensive starter from Class Tech.