2010 Countdown: #23 Thomas Gordon

2010 Countdown: #23 Thomas Gordon

August 11, 2010

Name: Thomas Gordon
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 205 lbs.
High school: Cass Technical High School in Detroit, MI
Position: Spur
Class: Redshirt freshman
Jersey number: #15
Last year: I ranked Gordon #77 and said he’d redshirt. He redshirted.

Gordon has made a surprising leap from where he was in high school. At Cass Tech Gordon had been a quarterback on a team that didn’t throw the ball very well or very much. When he learned that he had a good shot at earning a scholarship on defense, Gordon convinced head coach Thomas Wilcher to play him at free safety. But that late-career position change stunted any chance for Gordon to play as a freshman, cementing a redshirt in his first college season. In the spring Gordon moved to Spur, which is similar to the SAM linebacker spot that Steve Brown occupied last season.

He remains the front-runner for the Spur position, as Michael Williams fell out of favor with the coaching staff during spring practices. Williams made 56 tackles in 2009, but his overzealousness and poor coverage opened the door for others. He’s even dropped to third on the depth chart, behind former walk-on Floyd Simmons. Thomas Gordon and Simmons do not seem like extremely viable options at Spur in the long run, but almost everyone in the defensive backfield will be young in 2010. Other talented players are enrolling this fall (Marvin Robinson, Carvin Johnson, and Josh Furman), and they will push for playing time. I expect Gordon to be the starting Spur on September 4th, but I would not be surprised to see him passed up in the coming years.

Prediction for 2010: Starting Spur; 60 tackles


  1. Comments: 21383
    Aug 11, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    TTB, it seems strangely appropriate that 5-star (and possibly underachieving) recruit William Campbell is in the background of a picture featuring his 2(!)-star teammate. Long run aside, is it fair to say that T.G. represents a good recruiting catch by the current regime, or does this just represent 15 minutes of fame for a guy not destined to be a big contributor? (I understand that there may be some middle ground here.)

  2. Comments: 21383
    Aug 11, 2010 at 11:42 PM

    @ Anonymous 8:47 a.m.

    Personally, I don't feel that Thomas Gordon is a long-term solution in the defensive backfield. However, if he starts for a year or two, that's a pretty good achievement for a 2-/3-star kid at this level. There's just a lot of talent coming up behind him.

  3. Comments: 21383
    Aug 12, 2010 at 2:45 AM

    Sounds like Gordon will be competing with Furman and walkons (Simmons/Leach) for bandit. At least right now, this coaching staff isn't shy about moving people around.

    Still…it makes me wonder about Mike Williams. I know he stunk it up last year, but I understood the thought was he'd be a bitter fit at Bandit, like Stevie Brown. I was still holding out hope that he'd figure things out as an upperclassmen. Its a shame to see a guy who seemed to have talent drift into irrelevance.

  4. Comments: 21383
    Aug 12, 2010 at 3:14 AM

    @ Lankownia

    Bandit is the weakside safety position, the one that will have more deep responsibility. Kovacs, Teric Jones, etc. have been playing there.

    Spur is the rough equivalent of Steve Brown's position. Thomas Gordon, Williams, Simmons, and Leach have been playing there.

  5. Comments: 21383
    Aug 12, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    Thanks for the clarification…still learning.

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