Big Ten clears Michigan's Mark Ortmann to play against Purdue
Left tackle Mark Ortmann will be available for Saturday's must-win game against Purdue after the Big Ten agreed with Michigan’s interpretation that Ortmann did not commit an unsportsmanlike act in last week’s loss to Illinois.
“They agreed with our assessment that there would be no penalties,” Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez said Wednesday.
Rodriguez met with Ortmann on Monday, and Ortmann said he did not punch Liuget but used an open hand to shove him away.
Ortmann’s helmet blocked view of the strike on replays.
Earlier this year, the Big Ten suspended linebacker Jonas Mouton for one game for striking a Notre Dame player under the helmet after Rodriguez declined to discipline him for the act.
Even with Ortmann cleared to play Saturday, Rodriguez said there could be some changes to Michigan’s offensive line. Mark Huyge has practiced some at right tackle this week after starting five of the last six games at guard.
Perry Dorrestein replaced Huyge at tackle earlier this year, but was benched during the Illinois game and is dealing with a back injury. If Huyge starts at tackle, redshirt freshman Patrick Omameh could make his first career start at right guard.