Junior DE Will Heininger tore his ACL in practice last week. He will be out for however long it takes to heal and rehab an ACL injury, which to the best of my knowledge is a substantial period of time.
Will is a walk on from Ann Arbor Pioneer High School and worked his way into the playing rotation over the past few years. While many might see "Walk On" and be relieved, don't be. Will has worked hard and practiced on this team against some heavy hitters (Graham, Martin, RVB) and has transformed into a solid contributor.
He learned from the best and was expected to be a significant part of the rotation on the line in his Senior year. He would have added significant depth on defense and would have been a solid contributer, something that this defense desperately needs.
Will is the consummate Michigan Man. While he will be sidelined with an injury, expect his impact to be amplified through strong leadership and support of his teammates. He is an upperclassman who learned from Brandon Graham, so he will undoubtedly be a strong contributor this year whether it's on the field or in a leadership role.
Let's all wish Will a speedy recovery - I am predicting that he provides significant leadership and support while he's injured, and then recover in time to provide a huge shot in the arm to a team that will be playing for the Big Ten Championship come October/November.