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Michigan could get Jake Butt back for start of B1G play

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When it comes to a timeline for the return of Jake Butt, another Michigan Jake seems to be a good place to start.

March 19 of last year, star linebacker Jake Ryan suffered a torn ACL in the midst of spring practice.  Nearly seven months later, Ryan returned to the playing field for the sixth game of the season against Penn State Oct. 12.  Fast-forward to Butt, who suffered his own torn ACL tear during winter conditioning workouts shortly before the announcement of the injury Feb. 13.

When asked Wednesday about the time frame for Butt’s returned, head coach Brady Hoke used Ryan and his recovery as a reference point.

“I haven’t really sat down and talked with the doctors, because (Butt) just had (the surgery), but he’ll work hard just like Jake did,” Hoke said. “I would think, though, to really have him back where you’d want him, it probably would be game three or four. So it is similar in some ways to (Ryan), but we’ll just have to see. Everybody heals differently.”

The Wolverines open the 2014 season at home against Appalachian State (uh-oh) before traveling to Notre Dame; barring some sort of miracle, those two games could very well be ruled out.  The third and fourth games of the new year come Sept. 13 against Miami of Ohio and Sept. 20 vs. Utah.  With the Big Ten opener a week later against Minnesota, UM could err on the side of caution and target that late-September date for a return.

The sooner Butt returns, though, the better for UM’s 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.

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10 Responses to “Michigan could get Jake Butt back for start of B1G play”
  1. mydixienormus says: Mar 14, 2014 11:58 AM

    Queue the Butt jokes starting….now.

  2. spreadthecheese says: Mar 14, 2014 12:08 PM

    @mydixienormus:

    CFT users are way too sophisticated for that. I’m sure we can all avoid making Jake the butt of every joke.

  3. mydixienormus says: Mar 14, 2014 12:11 PM

    Nice work Mr. Cheese.

    No doubt Mr. Butt has heard them all.

  4. ningenito78 says: Mar 14, 2014 1:31 PM

    But in all honesty it’s a good thing he was a big kid.

  5. 8to80texansblog says: Mar 14, 2014 3:09 PM

    If he has a daughter he should name her Ima like the former Governor of Texas so famously did….

    That was Governor James Hogg if you were wondering…

  6. overratedgators says: Mar 14, 2014 4:05 PM

    “Fast forward to Butt” is, coincidentally, the best advice for watching Scarlett Johansen’s performance in Lost in Translation.

  7. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Mar 14, 2014 4:17 PM

    It could be worse. I went to school with a girl named Lana Caine. She was stuck with the nickname of “itchy.”

  8. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Mar 15, 2014 10:32 AM

    The Biggest joke here is Michigan, they should have kept Richrod. Now that hoke is running low on Richrods players, wins are getting harder to come by. I predict a drop off in offensive production this season. Cant wait to see Michigan scrambling to replace Hoke soon, good luck, hopefully you can get another Michigan man!

  9. basebuck says: Mar 15, 2014 12:37 PM

    What exactly is a ” Michigan Man” I think it’s someone from Ohio!

  10. sparty0n says: Mar 15, 2014 1:18 PM

    They get their Butt back, but their left tackle, who is an @ss, is headed to the NFL.

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