2020 Season Countdown: #8 Cam McGrone

2020 Season Countdown: #8 Cam McGrone

October 11, 2020
Cam McGrone (image via 247 Sports)

Name: Cam McGrone
236 lbs.
High school: 
Indianapolis (IN) Lawrence Central
Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number: 
Last year: 
I ranked McGrone #47 and said he would be a backup linebacker and special teamer (LINK). He started ten games at middle linebacker and made 66 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 pass breakup, and 5 quarterback hurries.
TTB Rating:

Nobody expected McGrone to be a starter in 2019. Josh Ross was the starting middle linebacker, Jordan Glasgow was the starting weakside linebacker, and Devin Gil had started at WILL in 2018. So Michigan had three starting inside linebackers for two spots, and that didn’t include Jordan Anthony, who was in the rotation.

Then Ross got hurt, and the inexperienced McGrone – who had played in just one game in 2018 – was the wide-eyed beneficiary. He made 6 tackles against Wisconsin, showing off his speed. Shortly afterward, he would go on his best streak of the year, with 35 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, and 3.5 sacks against Iowa, Illinois, Penn State, and Notre Dame.

This year McGrone leaps into the top ten of the countdown partly because of the important position he plays – middle linebacker – but also because of the complete lack of experience behind him. Glasgow is blocking punts in the NFL, Jordan Anthony entered the transfer portal, Gil transferred to USF, and Ross shifted to WILL. Michigan has two solid players at inside linebacker, but behind them is redshirt freshmen Charles Thomas and Joey Velazquez, true freshmen, and walk-ons. And while there has been positive buzz about the true freshmen, the crickets have drowned out anything about Thomas and Velazquez.

McGrone should get a chance to show off his blitzing ability and sideline-to-sideline speed in 2020, and hopefully he can stay healthy throughout the year.

Prediction: Starting middle linebacker


  1. UM_1973
    Comments: 109
    Joined: 10/14/2015
    Oct 11, 2020 at 10:49 AM

    This year might look to be a down year for Michigan football. We are thin everywhere on the defensive side of the ball. Cornerback, Linebacker, Safety, Defensive Tackle, It seems that we are one injury away from being steam rolled by Ohio again.

    On offense, we are replacing 80% of the starter? Even if Milton turns out to be a massive upgrade over Shea, I am thinking we are going to drop at least 3 games.

  2. Lanknows
    Comments: 6278
    Joined: 8/11/2015
    Oct 13, 2020 at 1:00 PM

    McGrone was one of the best surprises I can remember in recent years. Most guys earn their chance to shine with a backup role or otherwise get a mountain of hype but McGrone came on as an injury replacement and immediately stood out.

    I except a great year from McGrone. I don’t expect to see another Devin Bush in my lifetime but McGrone may not be all that far off. Hudson is to Peppers as McGrone is to Bush. Looking forward to watching him play.

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