Ben Gedeon stars both ways in defeat (w/video

Ben Gedeon stars both ways in defeat (w/video

Michigan linebacker commit Ben Gedeon starred both ways in defeat as Hudson (OH) fell to unbeaten Toledo Whitmer 39-28 in the second round of Ohio state playoffs Saturday. GBW was there and talked to Gedeon about his performance, how he has improved as a player, possibly playing running back in Ann Arbor, his next visit to campus, and more.***video highlights included***

Hudson (OH) senior Ben Gedeon put his team on his back and nearly pulled off a second round upset of unbeaten Toledo Whitmer (OH) Saturday evening. But his effort was a little a short, as the Explorers were unable to stop the Panther running game all night and lost 39-28 to end their season.

Gedeon, who committed to Michigan in April, led the Explorers (9-3) by rushing for 88 yards on 14 carries, including a 1-yard score in the second quarter. He also caught two catches for 58 yards—taking a 54 yard screen pass for a score—and led all players with 10 tackles on the night.

"Offensively, I think the offensive line did a great job all night opening up holes for me," Gedeon told GoBlueWolverine.com after the game. "We were able to move the ball the whole first half. Unfortunately in the second half we couldn't get defensive stops we needed to."

Whitmer rushed for 362 yards in the victory and exposed the Hudson rush defense, Gedeon said.

"Stopping the run was a bit of a problem for us all year long," Gedeon explained. "I think they sort of exposed a weakness there. They were tough runners. They had speed on the edge. They used it to their advantage."

While the season didn't end with a state championship, Gedeon says he's overall happy with the results.

"I think it has gone great," he said. "We surprised a ton of people. We were never the biggest, fastest, most talented team in any game we played. We were just a scrappy bunch of guys. I have been playing with those guys for 10 years now. We did an excellent job getting to the second round of the playoffs."

At 6-foot-2, 220-pounds, Gedeon is ranked a four-star recruit and No. 14 outside linebacker in the latest Scout.com rankings. With the future Wolverine having strong rushing performances down the stretch for the Explorers, it begs the question: is playing offense in his future in Ann Arbor?

Gedeon says the Michigan coaching staff has not approached him on the idea of playing offense. However, he says he is open to the possibility if asked.

"Anyway they want to use me, I would be up for it," Gedeon said. "I have been playing offense pretty much all my life."

Individually, Gedeon says he has "improved" each game his senior season.

"I think I improved each game," he explained. "I am still a student of the game, kind've learning schemes and things like that. The coaching did a great job teaching us that stuff. I think I improved every game."

Gedeon was on the Michigan campus when the Wolverines beat in-state rival Michigan State 12-10.

"It was great game," Gedeon exclaimed. "It came down to the last couple minutes there. I picked a perfect weekend to go. That was my second game in the Big House. I saw the win against Ohio State last year and the (MSU )win this year. I have seen two great games."

On his visit, Gedeon says he was able to connect with some future teammates in Ann Arbor.

"I talked to Ross Douglas a little bit. I talked to Shane Morris and Logan Tuley-Tillman—those guys they were all there," Gedeon said.

Gedeon says he will be participating in the International Bowl in Austin, Texas on Feb. 5, 2013. In the meantime, he says he has to decide whether he'll play basketball or not his senior season. He says he plans on making his official visit to Michigan in January.

"I haven't heard the date on that. They're trying to get all the commits to go on the same day. So that will probably be my last visit. It's going to be after Michigan plays their bowl game."



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