Michigan needs to pick up two more wins to become bowl eligible this season. They will have to try and pick up one of those wins this afternoon against Northwestern without one of its better contributors on offense and special teams. Dennis Norfleet has taken to Instagraham to announce he is not playing today against the Wildcats.
Michigan return man, Dennis Norfleet, said on his Instagram that he’s not playing this week against Northwestern pic.twitter.com/nHOxnzQxcT
— Alexa Dettelbach (@asdettel) November 8, 2014
Norfleet is fifth on the Wolverines offense with 102 receiving yards with zero touchdowns, but his biggest impact on the team has come on special teams. Michigan uses Norfleet to be the primary kickoff returner, and he has averaged just over 23 yards per return this season. Norfleet has also returned eight punts this season (for just 21 yards).
Earlier this week Michigan officially put Jabrill Peppers on the shelf for the remainder of the season, cutting one more special teams returner from the picture for the final few games this season.
Michigan needs to win two of its final three games in order to become bowl eligible. Michigan plays at Northwestern at 3:30 p.m. eastern.