January 1,2013; Tampa, FL, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Connor Shaw (14) throws the ball as Michigan Wolverines linebacker Jake Ryan (47) attempted to defend during the second half of the 2013 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. South Carolina Gamecocks defeated the Michigan Wolverines 33-28. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan Wolverines LB Jake Ryan to dress against the Penn State Nittany Lions

The Michigan Wolverines could get a big boost when they travel to Happy Valley to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions Saturday evening.

For the first time in the 2013 season, junior linebacker Jake Ryan could play and will dress for the Wolverines, according to head coach Brady Hoke.

“He’ll suit up,” Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke told MGoBlue via College Football Talk. “We’ll see if he plays.”

Ryan tore his ACL during  back in March during spring practice.

Returning in October was Ryan’s original goal.

“Six months is kind of like the absolute (earliest) time you can start playing the game of football with a torn ACL,” Ryan told Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com in August. “October’s my goal.”

The 6’3, 240 lb. Ryan has started 24 of the 26 games he’s played in and was named second team all Big 10 in 2012. Ryan had 88 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks.

Ryan was named a team captain before the season began.

The Wolverines and Nittany Lions 5:00 pm EST on ESPN.

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