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Michigan linebacker Jake Ryan upbeat, hopes to be back in October for Wolverines

Jake Ryan is still recovering from a spring practice knee injury that required surgery, and although his rehab is going well, the Michigan linebacker needs to be patient.

The Wolverines are preparing to start the season without him. An October return is the most plausible scenario and, at this point, Ryan is trying to work his way through treatment and therapy so he can remain on schedule.

Ryan had a team-high 88 tackles last season as a redshirt sophomore, along with 4 1/2 sacks and four forced fumbles. He went down March 19 with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.