Exit Corey Malone-Hatcher

Submitted by Brian on July 4th, 2017 at 3:46 PM

[Bryan Fuller]

Yesterday's recruiting profile was unfortunately prescient, as Corey Malone-Hatcher announced on twitter that he will take a medical hardship and retire from football due to a chronic Achilles injury:

Malone-Hatcher enrolled early and went through spring practice; as a freshman he obviously had no opportunity to see playing time. Michigan will go forward with Luiji Vilain, Kwity Paye, Deron Irving-Bey, and Donovan Jeter as freshman WDE/SDE, though the latter two might end up moving inside.



July 4th, 2017 at 3:52 PM ^

Achillies injuries are painful as hell and really tough to rehab from. At least the young man is going to get a free education. Tough break, and probably means UM will take another DE this class.

I Like Burgers

July 4th, 2017 at 5:21 PM ^

They aren't all painful. Just depends on how you tear it and whether or not the muscle pulls back up your leg. I torn mine a few years ago and it was almost completely painless. Just felt like I got kicked in the back of the ankle.

Now rehab on the other hand...that's a bitch. I was stuck in bed for 4 weeks and couldn't even put my leg down for longer than 5-10min for about 6 weeks without it hurting.  Wound up having knee issues later too due to my gait changing.

1/10 -- would not recommend.

South Bend Wolverine

July 4th, 2017 at 4:07 PM ^

Aways sucks to hear about things like this.  Still good that football opened some doors for him in terms of educational opportunities, and it sounds like he's poised to take full advantage of that.  Best of luck to him.


July 4th, 2017 at 4:09 PM ^

Was this a complete surprise? I don't subscribe to any recruiting services. Was this one of those hush-hush, expected attrition scenarios?


July 4th, 2017 at 4:15 PM ^

I sprained my Achilles my sophomore year of Highschool and missed 4 weeks, 2 games, and could barely run, I can't imagine how shitty it feels to completely tear it and considering how he played through alot of this his Senior year that's really admirable. Corey's done alot of good repping the Maize & Blue especially on the Recruiting trail, I fully expect him to be Sam Popper 2.0!


July 4th, 2017 at 6:11 PM ^

The real mission of the university is to provide an excellent  education. I trust he will take full advantage of this opportunity and be a man we can all be proud of. This is the way we all pay it forward. Football is only a few years; education is for ever.



July 4th, 2017 at 10:57 PM ^

Even though his Plan A didn't work out, his Plan B is world class. A full ride to UM will give him a world of opportunities, wish him the best.


July 5th, 2017 at 12:59 AM ^

Although his written response to this disappointment suggests that he might have been prepared for this news, it still has to be devastating for him.

I would hope that he's able to remain with the Michigan football program in some capacity in order to not only maintain friendships with other players, especially those from his recruting class, and members of the coaching staff, but also to have access to Michigan's trainers and physical therapists who can monitor and help with his ongoing rehabilitation. It's probably important that his friends and the coaches help keep his spirits up.

Having lived with chronic achilles tendonitis for 50 years (resulting from a badly sprained ankle and complications from repetitive stress), although it often seems like a minor annoyance, there are times when the pain can be unbearable.

The pain can come on suddenly. Fortunately for him, the streets of Ann Arbor are mostly flat and have relatively gentle inclines.  Walking on steep inclines like the streets of San Francisco can make achilles tendonitis worse, especially going from east to west for over eight blocks and back down again on Lombard Street, as I learned to my regret about seven years ago. The injury can cause changes in your gait and that leads to other problems.

The "RICE" treatment of rest-ice-compression-elevation helps, but the relief often seems temporary. I hope that he'll be okay and that he'll achieve success in school and whatever path he chooses for his career.


Cranky Dave

July 5th, 2017 at 7:56 AM ^

For him, he got a taste of being a Michigan football player going through spring practice but will never get to play in a game. Hopefully he'll get to be part of the program in some way.


July 5th, 2017 at 8:27 AM ^

What's the rules on his participation with the team? Is he allowed to become a student assistant? Seems like he has great leadership qualities. Bonded so well with the team already.


July 5th, 2017 at 9:59 AM ^

This is surely an incredible disappointment in this young man's life. I can feel the pain as he apologies to Coach Harbaugh even though he doesn't need to. I wish him the best in growing from this experience and achieving his other goals. Go Blue!