Martavious Odoms sports a cast as Michigan football team works out
Melanie Maxwell | AnnArbor.com
Michigan senior wide receiver Martavious Odoms, a projected starter at wideout who also returns kicks, was seen at practice Tuesday with a cast on his left forearm.
There has been no word on the nature or extent of Odoms’ injury, although he still was running sets with what looked like the first offense.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke said Monday his team was “pretty doggone healthy” entering camp. When asked if there were any significant injuries, he said no.
Odoms’ role in the offense increased in importance this week when it was announced senior Darryl Stonum would redshirt this season. Stonum was arrested this summer on his second DUI charge, and is serving two years probation.
Odoms caught 16 passes for 241 yards and one touchdown last season, and also returned eight kicks for an average of 22.6 yards apiece. He had a career-high 49 catches for 443 yards as a freshman in 2008.
Junior Denard Robinson quarterbacked the first team during the session that was open to the media, with wideouts Junior Hemingway, Roy Roundtree and Odoms receiving passes. Tight end Kevin Koger also was with the group, and Michael Shaw and Vincent Smith alternated taking handoffs from Robinson.
Also of note was freshman kicker Matt Wile taking long snaps with what appeared to be the first punting unit.
Wile, a top-five kicker out of San Diego, also punted in high school and could be called upon to fill in for Will Hagerup, Michigan’s sophomore punter who was suspended four games Sunday for a violation of team rules.
Hoke said Monday he wouldn’t discuss the candidates for punting duties, but did say he could envision Wile kicking and punting if he shows he's physically and mentally ready for the task.
Michigan returns kickers Seth Broekheuizen and Brendan Gibbons, but both struggled last year. The Wolverines made 4-of-14 field-goal attempts, last in the country.
Broekhuizen punted one game last season while Hagerup served a suspension against Ohio State, but faired poorly. Wile, who averaged 42 yards per punt as a high school senior, will be given an opportunity to earn the job with Hagerup out.
Broekhuizen and Hagerup took long snaps from what appeared to be the second punting unit.