Confirmation from Butch

Submitted by CincyBlue on August 17th, 2010 at 10:00 PM

“I’m only listening to what the coaches told me, but they said it happened during a tackle. His foot got stuck in the turf and his ankle just turned,” Butch Woolfolk said from Sugar Land, Texas, where he lives and where Troy grew up. “It was dislocated and when they put it back in the socket, they did an X-ray and found out about the ligament (damage) and the bone broke.”

 As for surgery, that’s a decision that may be days away.

 “They don’t know yet, they’ll wait until the swelling goes down,” said Butch, a former U-M tailback, who plans to come to Michigan as soon as he can.

 “I’ve spoken to him,” Butch said, adding that Troy is on medicine to mask the leg pain but is emotionally devastated. “Yeah, he’s pretty crushed. The strange thing is he decided not to work (at a job) in the off-season so he could just workout, and he said he’s in the best shape of his life. He called me everyday after practice and said he was at the top of his game. And I heard the same thing from the coaches. He was ready.”


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Frank Drebin

August 17th, 2010 at 10:02 PM ^

I'm really sad for him. I, like many others here was expecting a big year out of Troy. It is tough to see it happen to him after hearing about some of the players not putting in 100%. Hopefully we will see a full recovery and have him back 100% in 2011 with an even deeper secondary. Go Blue Troy!


August 17th, 2010 at 10:03 PM ^

did Butch call Mark Snyder, of all Douchebags. I mean, seriously, the only story that jackhole should be breaking is the one where his termination notice is shoved DIRECTLY up his ungreased hole.


August 17th, 2010 at 10:40 PM ^

"... only story that jackhole should be breaking is the one where his termination notice is shoved DIRECTLY up his ungreased hole..."

Couldn't possibly have said it better myself, so good job on that.

Consider, though, that it's quite likely that Snyder called Butch.  I'd prefer that Butch not answer calls from The Paper That Shall Not Be Named, but what are you going to do?


August 17th, 2010 at 10:03 PM ^

Couldn't have happened to a better kid. Let's all hope for a speedy recovery and that he can begin rehabbing and can play next season.

kevin holt

August 17th, 2010 at 10:24 PM ^

he has gotten dong kicked so many times that he can't feel it anymore. That's exactly how I (we?) feel. We need to TAKE IT LIKE that guy does, and after this many dong punches, we are going to start to lose the feeling of pain from them.

What this means for the team? Send as many dong punches our way as you please, we will just stand there and not break a sweat. Then, we come kick some ass on the field! Go Blue!


August 17th, 2010 at 10:04 PM ^

Dong? Punched.

Gosh I feel bad for him. He's a model for what a college student-athlete should be, both on and off the field. It sucks for us fans because we want to see our team win a lot of games. It sucks infinitely worse for him. Get healthy Troy. Get healthy and come back next year to lead this team to glory.


August 17th, 2010 at 10:04 PM ^

just so so sad to see a guy who worked so hard to turn that secondary into the best it could be to have something happen during practice. My sincere condolances Troy, believe me when I say we all know just what a tremendous effort you put towards this team and you're everything a Wolverine should be. I wish we could use the #1 jersey for a corner.....well I guess new traditions are being made. Should it be the member of the team who best shows what it takes to be the leader and best?


August 17th, 2010 at 10:06 PM ^

I really think if we can put a lot of pressure on the QB, then our secondary will make a lot of plays with all the talent they have. They just don't have a lot of experience.


August 17th, 2010 at 10:07 PM ^

You gotta feel for a kid like that. He worked his ass off in order to get this team somewhere this year defensively, and misfortune smiles (or frowns...?) upon him. I'm holding a candlelight vigil in my head for your ankle, Troy.

Here's to a speedy and full recovery *raises 3rd beer tonight, quickly drains it*. GO BLUE! 


August 17th, 2010 at 10:09 PM ^

couldn't happen to a more prepared player. I just got done earlier today reading a UofM preseason article and Woolfork was mentioned in it a few well as a quote from him. He was going to be the leader for our D this season.....i know this sucks and I can't really find a positive to the whole situation besides this- maybe we can rally our D now around Woolfork and someone can step up and fill in his shoes as best as they can. I am hoping now for a freshman phenom to emerge at defensive back...and a 9-3 season.


August 17th, 2010 at 10:09 PM ^

Damn, that's painful to read. Forget the performance on the just feel bad for him as a person...

Hopefully he plays an Eric Mayes role this year, and helps motivate and educate the younger players and heals up for a kickass RS Senior year in 2011.

Crime Reporter

August 17th, 2010 at 10:15 PM ^

What a bummer. You will be in my prayers Troy.

On a side note, I will pay MGoPoints to anyone who nukes the dark cloud that has been lingering over AA since 2007. Nuke it until it glows.


August 17th, 2010 at 10:29 PM ^

Bah. Cast thyself into the forbidden zone, heretic.

You're just in the "despair" phase of coping. You'll pull through once you realize you didn't rationally think that the entire team's hopes and dreams rested on Troy Woolfolk's shoulders...


August 17th, 2010 at 10:21 PM ^

Man, at first I felt bad for the team (myself) but now I feel bad for Troy.  I'm sure he feels like he let the team down.  Get well, kid.  Come back better than ever during our B10 Championship run in '11.


August 17th, 2010 at 10:22 PM ^

and thought what can I add but a few more four-letter words?  And then after reading what Butch said, the first response had the same three-letter word that was the only thing I could think of: Sad.  So, so, sad.  Can't imagine how this must be affecting the rest of the team.  Hope Troy can rely on his great sense of humor to pull him through this and turn into a great cheerleader and junior coach for the rest of the guys, if it doesn't hurt too much to be watching from the sidelines.

Shoot.  Knew I shouldn't have turned on the computer when I got home.


August 20th, 2010 at 10:05 PM ^

I feel vindicated.  But more important, amazed he could say something like that so soon after tearing his leg apart.  Sorry for what happened, but so impressed by his handling of it.  Love the guy.  (I was trying to post something to that effect on the Twitter post, but I lost my internet connection just as I was pushing the "save" button.  Must be the Michigan secondary-supporter-hating gods at work.)


August 17th, 2010 at 10:35 PM ^

I agree with you guys.  Here I was feeling bad for myself because of the unproven back-ups.  Meanwhile, this kid poured his heart into this team all summer while I drank beers.


For some reason, however the team finishes this year, I am going to be proud of the team -- the kids who gave it their all.




August 17th, 2010 at 10:31 PM ^

Troy seems like the kind of guy who in a few days will rally the troops.  He's obviously worked his @ss off and now all he's going to be able to do is motivate the rest of the guys.  Hopefully the team picks it up and doesn't start feeling sorry...and wonder when this is going to end (that's for us!).

Keep your head up Troy, we wish you the best and it's not over man.....

Mr. Robot

August 17th, 2010 at 10:41 PM ^

If we can survuve 2010, Woolfolk hopefully should/will be back with a vengence for an unexpected 2011. Now he can help us put away our first ever home night game.


August 17th, 2010 at 10:44 PM ^

I backed away from the screen for awhile hoping that when I got back there would be good news.Truly feel bad for Troy and hope that he can pick himself back up because the team will need him just is much next year. Praying for a speedy recovery.

Lil Michigan Man 7

August 17th, 2010 at 11:02 PM ^

Let's look at the positive side, if Troy medical redshirts then we will have him, JT Floyd (who will step up), and Cullen Christian (stud in the making) in 2011. And we can do big things with young talented players everywhere. The night is darkest just before the dawn!!! GO BLUE!!!


August 18th, 2010 at 12:32 AM ^

There's frustration, and then there's utter frustration, and then there's what he's going through right now.

Hopefully he will be able to return next year at 100%.


August 18th, 2010 at 8:32 AM ^

I almost never cry, but I'm at work at T-wolf's text to Butch just brought a tear to my eye.

Rest of the Team: rally around this and prove that we can still be the best damn team in the nation


August 18th, 2010 at 10:08 AM ^

... It appers as though Stafon Johnson has just suffered the exact same injury (Broken Fibula and dislocated ankle) as T-Wolf and according to ESPN will be out 12 weeks. I was thinking this was a typo and they meant 12 monthes. I am no doctor so I have no real insight on recovery time but could a real doctor come in here and give me some mgohope?