Season analysis: Linebackers 

December, 4, 2012
12/04/12
8:22
AM ET
Jake RyanAP Photo/Tony DingSophomore Jake Ryan emerged as one of the Big Ten's best linebackers this season.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- If there is an underrated assistant coach on Michigan’s staff, it might very well be linebackers coach Mark Smith.

After seeing how much Michigan’s linebackers improved this season and how every one of them maximized his abilities, he might be the best overall position coach on a staff that includes a future coaching star in Jerry Montgomery.

While defensive coordinator Greg Mattison has often worked with the Wolverines’ emerging star, Jake Ryan, a look at the growth of the entire unit should earn Smith a lot of praise once the season ends.
Can Spartans Poach From Wolverines' Class?
National recruiting analyst Gerry Hamilton joins ESPN's Matt Schick to discuss how Michigan State may be able to flip several Michigan commits ranked in the ESPN 300.
VIDEO PLAYLIST video

BIG TEN SCOREBOARD

Saturday, 10/25