Injuries will limit Michigan spring football game, more practice notes
With injuries a concern, Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez said Tuesday the Wolverines' April 17 spring game will be more of an offense vs. defense scrimmage than a Maize vs. Blue game.
“What I’d like to do, and I’m sure the players and the fans would like to do, is have a full two teams that go after each other and keep score and all that,” Rodriguez said. “I don’t think we were going to be able to do that anyway, simply because of a lack of numbers at certain positions. But I do think we’ll be able to do that in the future.”
Rodriguez said Tuesday safeties Vladimir Emilien and Jared Van Slyke, receiver Je’Ron Stokes and defensive end Anthony LaLota all suffered minor injuries last week.
Several other players are out for the spring or limited to no-contact drills as they recover from offseason surgeries, including center David Molk, defensive tackle Mike Martin, receiver Junior Hemingway and running back Vincent Smith.
Molk, who tore the ACL in his right knee last October, is jogging lightly and taking snaps during individual periods.
"He and all of our guys that have had surgeries are certainly on schedule and probably ahead of schedule as far as their rehabs," Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez said Michigan will hold two scrimmages leading up to the spring game, most likely this Saturday and April 10. ... Rodriguez on Michigan's spring game partnership with Mott Children's Hospital: “It’s a win-win situation for us to have an atmosphere similar to what we did last year, which was tremendous, especially for our young players, and a chance to be able to help the hospital, which is very dear to many of us in the community. I think it should be a great day." ... Indianapolis Colts running back Mike Hart, Michigan's all-time leading rusher, attended Tuesday's practice.
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