The Michigan football program announced Thursday morning that sophomore tight end Jake Butt is out indefinitely after suffering a torn ACL in winter conditioning drills.
“Jake’s done a tremendous job since he’s been here,” head coach Brady Hoke said in a press release. “He’s worked extremely hard and gained a lot of weight to become the complete tight end he wants to be.
Butt had 20 catches for 235 yards and two touchdowns this season, with his best performance coming against Ohio State with five catches for 85 yards and a touchdown.
The injury is a big blow to Michigan’s offense. Butt and quarterback Devin Gardner had started to build a nice relationship towards the latter end of the season and many were excited to see that relationship continue to blossom.
What it does mean, at least for now, is that Devin Funchess probably sticks at tight end with AJ Williams backing him up. Freshman Ian Bunting has a chance to get some early looks, as well.
Also, do not rule out sophomore Khalid Hill being in the mix. He could really improve his stock with a good showing in spring practices.
This is the sixth ACL injury the program has suffered in the past year, with quarterback Russell Bellomy, linebacker Jake Ryan, defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins, offensive lineman Joey Burzynski, and running back Drake Johnson all guys that have missed time.
Spring practice begins February 25.