Back in the groove

Mattison has revitalized linebacker position through coaching, recruiting

Updated: December 5, 2012, 11:22 AM ET
By Tom VanHaaren | WolverineNation
The linebacker position had been somewhat of a weakness in the years prior to defensive coordinator Greg Mattison's return to Ann Arbor. Recruiting numbers at the position had been average at best, but Mattison and linebackers coach Mark Smith have revived those numbers in a short amount of time.

In fact, Michigan has more four-star linebackers committed between the 2012 and 2013 classes (five) than it did from 2006 to 2011 combined (four).