Michigan announces two starters, two reserves won't dress for football opener against Western Michigan
The Michigan football program announced less than an hour before its 2011 season kicked off that four players will not dress against Western Michigan — including two starters.
A Michigan spokesman said Gordon is suffering from a bad back, while the others will not play due to “team issues.” The spokesman said coach Brady Hoke will address the matter after the game.
Sophomore Michael Schofield will start for Barnum at left guard. He played in every game last year, mostly on special teams.
It's a little more unclear who will start for Gordon at strong-side linebacker, where freshmen Jake Ryan and Brennen Beyer are second and third on the depth chart, respectively. Ryan was with the first unit during warm-ups.
Sophomore Fitz Tousssaint is the starter at running back and junior Kenny Demens is at middle linebacker.
New projected starting lineup:
Offense Quarterback—Denard Robinson; Fullback—John McColgan; Running back—Fitz Toussaint; Receiver—Roy Roundtree, Junior Hemingway; Left tackle—Taylor Lewan; Left guard—Michael Schofield; Center—David Molk; Right guard—Patrick Omameh; Right tackle—Mark Huyge; Tight end—Keving Koger, Brandon Moore.
Defense Defensive end—Craig Roh, Will Heininger; Defensive tackle—Mike Martin, Ryan Van Bergen ; Strong-side linebacker— Jake Ryan*; Middle linebacker—Kenny Demens; Weak-side linebacker—Mike Jones; Cornerback—Troy Woolfolk, J.T. Floyd; Strong safety—Jordan Kovacs; Free safety—Thomas Gordon.
Special teams Placekicker—Brendan Gibbons (within 43 yards), Matt Wile (44 yards and longer); Kickoffs—Wile; Punter—Wile; Punt return— Hemingway, Drew Dileo, Jeremy Gallon, Martavious Odoms; Kick return—Gallon, Kelvin Grady.