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In what’s certainly a damaging kick in the backside, Michigan announced Thursday morning that tight end Jake Butt has been “sidelined indefinitely” with what’s been diagnosed as a torn ACL. The rising sophomore incurred the injury recently during winter conditioning workouts, the school said.
There’s no timeline for Butt’s return, although his availability for at least the beginning of the 2014 season is certainly up in the air.
“Jake’s done a tremendous job since he’s been here,” a statement from head coach Brady Hoke began. “He’s worked extremely hard and gained a lot of weight to become the complete tight end he wants to be. I think he showed flashes of that towards the end of last season. This is a tough break, but because of his work ethic and attitude, the kind of young man he is, we know he will be back as soon as he can and as strong as ever.”
If Butt is lost for a significant amount of time, it would serve as a huge blow to the Wolverines’ offense.
As a true freshman in 2013, Butt finished third on the team in receptions (20), yards (235) and touchdowns (two). Butt was a four-star member of UM’s 2013 recruiting class, rated as the No. 5 tight end in the country.