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Posted on Thu, Dec 29, 2011 : 3:51 p.m.

Michigan football coaches work closely with Will Campbell, Quinton Washington in practice

By Kyle Meinke

NEW ORLEANS — The Michigan football team's defensive line took a major hit last week, when starter Will Heininger went down with a foot injury.

He hasn't practiced since and his status for the matchup Tuesday against Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl (8:30 p.m., ESPN) is questionable.

That loss is exacerbated by the injury to backup Nathan Brink, who already has been ruled out of the game by Michigan coach Brady Hoke.

Hoke and defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery played close attention to the position during the team's practice Thursday at Tulane University.

During the 15 minutes available to the media, Hoke worked closely with Quinton Washington and Montgomery worked with Will Campbell, two players who Hoke said could see more time if Heininger and Brink can't play against Virginia Tech.

A brief look at their drills:



Fri, Dec 30, 2011 : 1:59 p.m.

Washington and Campbell are going to be 2 very key players next year on the D-line. So, these bowl practices and game are great for their development. Hopefully, they will use this opportunity to well to step up their games.

Matt Patercsak

Fri, Dec 30, 2011 : 3:29 a.m.

if big will comes to play, watch out. he just needs to get his motor going/stay low and he could be freakish. im excited to be honest. next year will be awesome: big will ondre pipkins quinton washington among others in rotation? that is very solid. I think in 2-3 more years the defense will be national championship caliber, we just have some holes to fill and players to develop. but the raw talent will be there.

Wally the Wolverine

Fri, Dec 30, 2011 : 2:45 a.m.

Many people think this game might be a bit of a track meet to begin with. A banged up D will put a little more pressure on the O to keep putting points up on the board.