It is officially time to move on from Frank Clark at Michigan. His actions off the field will cost him—and his former team—the opportunity to display a great deal of talent on the field. Clark was arguably the Wolverines’ best past rusher of the season, and he was just coming off the game of his career against Northwestern with eight total tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. Now it will be up to junior Mario Ojemudia to step up at the weak-side defensive end position for Michigan.
Ojemudia also just so happened to have an excellent game agains the Wildcats two weekends ago, recording four tackles, two tackles for loss and two sacks. In all, it was a great day for the Wolverines’ front against a Northwestern offensive line that has struggled to protect its quarterback all season.
Ojemudia has only made one start during his career at Michigan, but through three seasons, he has proven to be a very consistent and valuable backup on the line, appearing in 31 games. This season he already has a career high in tackles (24), sacks (3.5) and tackles for loss (7).
Brady Hoke announced Monday at his press conference that Taco Charlton will move over to back him up for the remainder of the season, and Henry Poggi will back up Brennan Beyer on the other side of the line.
We see it constantly in basketball—especially at Michigan with all the recent talent that has opted to leave early for the next level—but the old cliche applies perfectly here: Next man up.
Tyler Fenwick is the managing editor of TheBigHouseReport.com. Follow him on Twitter @Ty_Fenwick.