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Tuesday, July 2, 2013
WolverineNation mailbag

By Michael Rothstein

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Position switches. Recruiting. Tickets? Yes, tickets. All of these topics are covered in this week’s WolverineNation mailbag, featuring your questions.

Have queries for next week, send them to jenningsespn@gmail.com or @chanteljennings on Twitter.

Now, for this week’s questions.

lbwcc010 from The Den asks: What do you think of the coaches decision to move Allen Gant from safety to strongside linebacker? And how do you think Gant will adjust?

Evan Royster
Michigan junior Cameron Gordon was once a 6-foot-2, 195-pound athlete coming out of high school in 2009. He's now a 6-3, 236-pound linebacker.
Not completely sure what to think of the move, and here’s why. It is tough to get a good read on what Gant could be capable of in college because he redshirted last season and no one has really seen him play other than a spring scrimmage, which won’t tell anyone much anyway. At 6-foot-2, 203 pounds, he has the size to play linebacker, so that helps. He was also on his high school’s track team as a relay sprinter, so he has some speed. It’ll be an adjustment, and I’d be surprised to see him on the field this season, but he could be a stash project, where a year from now you’ll get a real feel on his potential as a linebacker. It will probably take that long. What could help him this year is the tutelage of Cam Gordon, who made a similar move in his career.

dshman9 from The Den asks: With Michigan taking big 2012 and 2013 classes, it has set itself up for smaller 2014 and 2015 classes. This is obviously because Brady Hoke is trying to get his players in for his offense and defense. When do you see the class size leveling out to a more similar number each year? Or do you see it consistently changing from large class to small class from year to year?

Probably around 2016. By then there will be some likely attrition from the 2012 and 2013 classes -- it happens everywhere -- and that should balance things out. Remember, Michigan is still in the latter stages of a complete talent and scheme overhaul when it comes to recruiting as well, so once you get all of your own guys in there, that will then help balance things. There will always be the rare year where a much smaller class is taken, but by 2016 it should be a more consistent situation. Michigan also played enough freshmen as first-year players last season that there will be some extra aid in balancing classes there.

@AverageFather from Twitter asks: Does dynamic ticket pricing, in your opinion, help or hurt the second-hand ticket buyer?

I don’t think it will change it all that much, mostly because the secondary ticket market will always be the secondary ticket market. I view the move to dynamic ticket pricing as one to keep Michigan (and eventually other schools because I really believe this will become the norm) competitive both in the pricing and ticket-selling market. Places like Stubhub and scalpers will always exist. Remember, unless a school is willing to buy back tickets and then resell them, there is only a finite amount of first-market sales occurring.