He missed the team at first. Then he made it, eventually started and now, the story of former walk-on turned leader Jordan Kovacs is very well known.
But now, Kovacs has only one year left at Michigan and he'll be looked at as a stabilizing force on a defense that returns a lot of starters and contributors, but few of its leaders.
This is where Kovacs, who could finish his college career among the best tacklers in Michigan history, now stands. He is likely going to be the leader on the Wolverines defense next season.