Boubacar Cissoko eligible to play against Penn State
Cornerback Boubacar Cissoko is eligible to play Saturday against Penn State after serving a two-game suspension for violating unspecified team rules, Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez said Friday.
"Boubacar will be eligible to play from our standpoint," Rodriguez said on a video posted on MGoBlue.com. "He's not starting on any units right now, but he's eligible just in case."
Cissoko, a sophomore, started Michigan's first four games at right cornerback, but was benched in the first quarter against Indiana. He did not play the following week against Michigan State, did not travel to Iowa and sat out last week's win over Delaware State.
Troy Woolfolk will make his third straight start at right cornerback against the 13th-ranked Nittany Lions (6-1, 2-1).
Rodriguez also reiterated that center David Molk and running backs Brandon Minor and Carlos Brown are healthy and will play Saturday.
Michigan (5-2, 1-2) can secure its bowl eligibility with a win.
"We know it's a big challenge but our guys are excited to play this game," Rodriguez said. "They know what's in front of them."
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