His older brothers became fixtures on Michigan’s offensive and defensive lines, but Jordan Glasgow is now trying to make his own name.
But he is a Glasgow, and the family has proven the walk-on route can lead to success.
Jordan Glasgow, considered by his brothers to be the best athlete of the three — Graham, a center, was drafted by the Lions, and Ryan, a nose tackle, was recently taken in the fourth round by the Bengals — so the ceiling is high.
He is in a very different position than his brothers, arriving at Michigan as a safety and is now playing the viper role along with Khaleke Hudson that Jabrill Peppers played last season.
“I love the position, but if they feel like I would be better somewhere else and they’re going to move me into playing time at a different position, I’m obviously not going to argue with that,” Glasgow said after Michigan’s final spring practice in Rome. “Whatever they feel I’m going to contribute to the team best at is where I hope they would want me to be and where I would want to be.”
Glasgow distinguished himself during the spring game last month at Michigan Stadium, taking an interception 100 yards for a touchdown.
Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown before the bowl game last December said he had been impressed with Glasgow’s special-teams play last fall and started tinkering with him at the viper during bowl practices. That was before Brown knew for sure Peppers would be leaving Michigan early for the NFL Draft.
During the early part of spring practice, Brown made clear that despite Peppers’ absence, the concept of the viper position will not much change.
“We’ll play, what, 10 spread teams?” Brown said. “Michigan State’s going to come at us. Wisconsin’s going to come at us. We’ll see on the rest. Ohio State comes at you in a bit of a different way, but still. It’ll be interesting.”
Glasgow said he is ready to handle the viper, along with Hudson.
“I played safety last year and we covered a lot of slot receivers,” Glasgow said. “And as a viper you cover a lot more tight ends. The transition into covering bigger, slower guys was a bit of a relief I would have to say. I would say the transition is easy. It’s more of an instinctual position. Me and Khaleke, the other player that plays the position, really latched onto it. He’s flourishing in it, and I hope I’m flourishing in it as well.”