Michigan linebacker Jake Ryan has 125 career tackles. (John T. Greilick / Detroit News)
State College, Pa. — Michigan junior linebacker Jake Ryan will be in uniform Saturday at Penn State.
But it remains a wait-and-see whether he will play.
“He’ll suit up, but we’ll see if he plays,” Michigan coach Brady Hoke said on the MGoBlue.com video Friday from the team’s walkthrough at Beaver Stadium.
Ryan tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in late March. Ryan has been medically cleared to play, but Hoke has said he wants to be cautious about getting him back on the field too fast.
Ryan, a captain, has been on the sideline at every game this season but has not been dressed to play.
“We could have done that last week,” Hoke said of having Ryan in pads for the Minnesota game.
Ryan is a high-energy force who led the team in tackles last year.
Michigan, meanwhile, did not practice at Beaver Stadium, but Hoke thought it important to have his players get a feel for the stadium. A sellout is expected for the Nittany Lions’ homecoming game, which also will be a “whiteout.”
Several Michigan players said it’s among the loudest stadiums in which they’ve played.