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Michigan dips into NIU staff to fill coaching vacancy

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A short time after losing a defensive assistant to Oklahoma, Michigan has moved quickly, albeit unofficially, to fill the coaching vacancy on that side of the ball. is reporting that the Wolverines have hired Roy Manning as an assistant on Brady Hoke‘s staff, presumably on the defensive side.  Manning, who spent last season as running backs coach at Cincinnati, had listed himself as “OUTSIDE LB’S COACH UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN” on his Twitter account, although that was later changed to read simply “ASSISTANT COACH UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN” after word of his hire spread.

Michigan would neither confirm nor deny the development.

If the move comes to fruition, it would serve as a homecoming as Manning played linebacker at UM from 2000-04.  He was also a grad assistant at his alma mater in 2011 before moving on to the Bearcats.

Manning was hired by new NIU head coach Rod Carey in mid-January as his running backs coach.

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UPDATED 4:16 p.m. ET: Michigan has confirmed that Roy Manning has been named as the Wolverines’ outside linebackers coach.

We couldn’t be more excited to have Roy back as part of our staff,” said head coach Brady Hoke in a statement. “As someone who played here and went on to play in the NFL, the passion, energy and integrity he coaches and lives with every day, he will be a great asset to our program.

“Roy was a graduate assistant for us in 2011, and we always knew if there was ever an opportunity to bring him back, we would love to. We think he’s one of the top young coaches in our profession. He knows our expectations. He knows what it means to wear that winged helmet. He knows Michigan.”

Badgers losing top TE for 4-8 weeks

MADISON, WI - SEPTEMBER 19:  Tight end Austin Traylor #46 of the Wisconsin Badgers makes a 38 yard reception during the fourth quarter of the college football game against the Troy Trojans at Camp Randall Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin.  The Badgers defeated the Trojans 28-3.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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One of the most consistent pieces of Wisconsin’s passing attack, such as it is, will be on the shelf for the foreseeable future.

A UW official confirmed to that Austin Traylor sustained a right-arm injury in Saturday’s loss to Iowa.  As a result, the tight end will be sidelined for the rather broad period of 4-8 weeks.

At best, Traylor could return for the Nov. 7 game against Maryland after missing contests with Nebraska, Purdue, Illinois and Rutgers.  At worst, he’d miss the remainder of the regular season, but could return for a bowl game, and perhaps the Big Ten championship game if the Badgers were to earn another berth.

Because he’s already played in five games this season, Traylor would not be eligible for a medical hardship waiver if he were to miss the remainder of the year.

Traylor is tied for the team lead in receiving touchdowns with three while his 15.6 yards per reception is tops on the team.  He’s third in receiving yards with 156 and tied for fourth with 10 receptions.

Dalvin Cook returns to practice for FSU

TALLAHASSEE, FL - SEPTEMBER 12: Dalvin Cook #4 of the Florida State Seminoles runs the ball against the South Florida Bulls in the second half at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Tallahassee, Florida. Florida State defeated South Florida 34-14 as Cook rushed for 266 yards and three touchdowns. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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With each passing day, it appears Miami won’t be able to avoid one of the most talented and productive running backs in the country.

Thursday, Dalvin Cook returned to practice for the first time this week.  Cook suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter of Florida State’s win over Wake Forest this past Saturday, and had spent the previous two days of practice riding a bicycle while the rest of his teammates prepped for the in-state and conference rivalry game against The U this Saturday.

The Palm Beach Post wrote that Cook showed “no signs” of the hamstring injury that had some worried about his availability in Week 6.

Head coach Jimbo Fisher, who said Wednesday he doesn’t “ever count Dalvin out” because of his healing ability, will meet with reporters later this evening and could address Cook’s status for the weekend then.  Or, he could play to keep the Hurricanes guessing, even as most assume the All-ACC back will be on the field.

Cook is far and away FSU’s leading rusher, with his 142.5 yards per game good for eight in the country and his six rushing touchdowns tied for 20th.