The weather/field conditions won’t be the only things having an effect on Michigan’s offense Saturday afternoon. And their defense for that matter.
According to mlive.com, De’Veon Smith was not on the travel roster for UM’s game against Maryland in College Park and will not play against the Terps. The running back sustained a lower-leg injury in the Week 4 win over BYU, and was extremely limited throughout the week in practice.
Smith currently leads the Wolverines with 331 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns. He’s added four receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown coming out of the backfield the first four games.
With Smith out, Ty Isaac, UM’s second-leading rusher with 170 yards but tops with a team-leading 8.5 yards per carry, will be expected to carry more of the running-game load.
In addition to Smith, starting cornerback Channing Stribling will be out as well. No reason was given for his absence, with a school spokesperson telling the website that head coach Jim Harbaugh will explain the situation after the game.