It wasn't a stellar year for Michigan on the football field. However, for one Wolverine linebacker in particular, he managed to turn a poor season record-wise into off-season accolades.
Senior linebacker Jake Ryan, who played in his final game for the 5-7 Wolverines on Saturday, has been named to the All-Big Ten defensive team by coaches and media for the 2014 season. Ryan finished the season with 112 tackles, two sacks, 14 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, three pass deflections and one interception.
2014 also saw career highs in tackles (14) and assisted tackles (8) against Maryland, solo tackles (10) against Northwestern and forced fumbles (2) against Indiana.
Ryan was also named a finalist for the 2014 Butkus Award, given to the best linebacker in the country.
The Michigan coaching staff decided to shuffle Ryan to inside linebacker this season away from his original position on the outside. It was the first time playing the position since high school.
Devin Funchess named second-team All-Big Ten
Devin Funchess was named to the second-team All-Big Ten offensive squad on Monday by coaches from around the conference. Funchess finished the season with 733 yards and four touchdowns. Three of those came in the first half of the season opener against Appalachian State.
- Brennen Beyer
- Blake Countess
- Will Hagerup
- Raymon Taylor