At the end of the day, it was a Wolverines win, but one that provoked more questions than answers. One of the bigger questions that seemed to express a lot of concern for the Wolverines were the injuries.
Morgan is out indefinitely with an arm injury. The senior linebacker had a cast on his arm Saturday. Taylor appeared to injure his knee in the first quarter against Notre Dame and has not seen on the field since. There is no timetable for his return. Jourdan Lewis has replaced Taylor opposite Blake Countess. Lewis exacted some revenge after Notre Dame took advantage of him. Lewis ended up with two solo tackles, one assisted tackle and made a nice interception in the first quarter that led to a Michigan touchdown.
The mysterious injury that perplexed people was Jarrod Wilson. We hadn’t heard anything all week about him, then to see him in street clothes on Saturday raised questions. Hoke has not said what type of injury he suffered, so it is unknown when he’ll will be back. Delano Hill and Dymonte Thomas played in Wilson’s spot, and both did pretty well.
What has Michigan fans worried is the status of projected first-round pick Devin Funchess. He sustained a right leg injury in the fourth quarter against Notre Dame, and watched in street clothes on Saturday. Hoke has come out and said, “We’ll see,” in response to whether Funchess will play against Utah next week. This injury could be a blessing in disguise, however, because sophomore wide receiver Amara Darboh had a breakout game against Miami (OH) with six receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown. The only negative for the first-year starter was a second quarter fumble that killed a Michigan drive. If Michigan can get a healthy Funchess along with a consistent Darboh, that would give Devin Gardner a nice one-two punch on the outside.
Here’s to hoping that these four starters heal as soon as possible because a dangerous Utah team comes to the Big House Saturday, hoping to come out with a victory.