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ESPN Names LB Mike McCray Michigan's Most Indispensable Player

Who is Michigan’s hardest player to replace?

The Wolverines are loaded with talent, but not all players are created equally. Some are more instrumental to the team’s success than others. If they have to miss time, it is a major blow.

ESPN’s Dan Murphy named the five most indispensable players in the Big Ten. These guys aren’t the “best” player on their respective teams, but they just might be the most important.

So who is Michigan’s most critical player? Linebacker Mike McCray.

The lone returning starter from a loaded defense, McCray is responsible for helping a young and talented pack of players around him get used to college football on the fly. The redshirt senior battled injuries through most of his career before finding his groove with 76 tackles and 4.5 sacks last season. He said after Michigan's spring game that his confidence was at “an all-time high” and that he thinks the whole unit can be faster than it was a year ago. When the Wolverines get up to full speed, it will largely be McCray’s job to keep them all running in the right direction.

If Michigan is finally going to get over the hump and win a Big Ten title, its defense will need to play well. McCray will be counted on to ensure that happens.

Maize and Blue fans, did ESPN get the pick right?