Michigan’s top incoming defensive linemen was injured yesterday putting a strain on an already thin group:
The Wolverines were already down three starters from 2011 after losing two-time second-team All-Big-Ten tackle Mike Martin, tackle Will Heininger and end Ryan Van Bergen to graduation. Only senior end Craig Roh returns from a unit that helped Michigan jump from 10th in the conference in rushing defense in 2010 to third last year.
Senior William Campbell and junior Jibreel Black, the replacements at tackle, have just one career start between the two of them. Much has been expected of the highly-recruited Campbell throughout his career, but he’s managed just 19 tackles in three seasons. He’s also had some recent trouble with the law. Although he has the heft to hold up physically against the Crimson Tide’s physical line–he checks in at 6-foot-5 and 322 pounds–his conditioning and stamina are definitely a question mark. Black has more of a motor but, at 279 pounds, he might be a bit undersized.
It’s unclear yet whether the injured player, Ondre Pipkins, will be back for the Bama game. Hopefully he’s not injured too badly and will get to play.