"Northwestern fans can be both heartened and disheartened by the loss to Minnesota just like how nineteenth-century resurrectionists were heartened when they pried a heart from a freshly-buried corpse and then disheartened it when they sold it to a disreputable anatomist."
According to the official Michigan Football Twitter account:
I’m not too worried, mostly due to Countess’ play, but this is something to keep an eye on.
Now that we have our matchup set for this weekend, the interesting question comes... who replaces Caparusso on the top line with Hagelin? I'm thinking it's probably slide Rust up to center Hagelin and Brown, but anyone else think an alternate would be to have Scooter slide up to LW and have Hagelin play Centre? Lines would like this:
Sitting Forwards: Caparusso (inj)
Thoughts? Is there another defenseman that could move up and play a 4th line position so Deblois sits again?
Rittenberg updated the injury list about half an hour ago. I am interested in seeing the final injury list via Brian. Lewan is questionable, so he isn't out yet.
MICHIGAN (versus No. 7 Wisconsin)
- CB J.T. Floyd, ankle (out for season)
- LB Mike Jones, leg
- RB Teric Jones, knee
- WR Martavious Odoms, foot
- S Jared Van Slyke, clavicle (out for season)
- CB Troy Woolfolk, ankle (out for season)
- S Mike Williams, head
- OL John Ferrara, knee
- OT Taylor Lewan, head
- RB Michael Shaw, head
- DT Mike Martin, ankle
- LB Jonas Mouton, chest
Chicago Tribune's Teddy Greenstein's twitter, NU's QB Dan Persa is out for the rest of the year:
Fitz on persa: ruptured achilles. Out for remainder of season. Surgery tonight. What a blow.
Huge loss for the Wildcats. Persa was arguably the best all around QB this season in the Big Ten. He MADE PLAYS. Lots of them, including several key plays to lead them to victory over Iowa today.
As I was watching the game on Saturday, I couldn't help but notice how it seemed a lot of our guys got dinged up (the ones I remember are Carvin, Jonas, and D-Rob, but it felt like more), and not a lot of their guys did (there was one toward the end of the game that I remember).
I'm not bashing Barwis at all with this, he's obviously done a terrific job of getting our guys in elite shape, but I remember him saying that a big part of his program is about injury prevention. Can these injuries be pegged on him? Or are they more attributable to the fact that injuries just happen as a result of bad luck/some guys being more prone to injury? Maybe someone with more time on their hands could put together a diary comparing injuries at various programs over the past few years to see if the Barwis Effect is helping us.
Not to poop on the parade, but is anyone else worried about whether at 193 pounds, Denard Robinson can take the physical beating of thirty rushes every week (plus any hits when he's dropping back to pass). Most feature back are heavier than that and often don't run as often. I'm worried both for his long-term health and, more immediately, whether he can make it through the season unscathed. If not, can we can be the team we want to be if he misses a couple, or several, games.