Michigan football: Injury updates, Peacock note, Roman Wilson, more
Michigan defensive backs Will Johnson and Rod Moore returned to practice this week, with a potential return to the field near.
Michigan's sidelined defensive backs, Will Johnson and Rod Moore, have returned to practice this week and are getting closer to a return, according to their coach, Steve Clinkscale. Clinkscale emphasized the importance of not rushing their return and ensuring their comfort on the field, especially for defensive backs who often find themselves in one-on-one situations. Johnson underwent knee surgery in the offseason, while Moore's injury remains unclear. Clinkscale praised Coach Harbaugh and the training staff for their handling of the players' recovery process. The return of Johnson and Moore will provide a boost to the team, allowing them to gradually reintegrate into the game until they are fully ready.
In their absence, Keshaun Harris and Keon Sabb stepped up as replacements in the last game against East Carolina. The presence of Makari Paige, albeit for a limited number of snaps, also made a difference in helping the younger players gain experience. Clinkscale expressed his excitement about having Johnson and Moore back on the field and the impact they will have on the team's performance.
In other news, NBC-owned streaming platform Peacock reported that the Michigan-East Carolina game was the most-streamed college football game in NBC Sports' history. However, specific viewership numbers were not disclosed. This success comes as no surprise, considering the popularity of Michigan football.
Receiver Roman Wilson's standout performance against East Carolina did not go unnoticed. Wilson was named the offensive breakout player of the week by the East-West Shrine Bowl following his impressive game with six catches, 78 yards, and three touchdowns. Head coach Jim Harbaugh commended Wilson's physical strength, speed, and exceptional catching ability. Wilson's performance in the Fiesta Bowl last December also made waves, solidifying his reputation as a talented slot receiver.
Former Michigan assistant coach Pep Hamilton will be appearing as an in-studio analyst on "NFL GameDay Live" on NFL Network. Hamilton previously served as the assistant head coach and passing-game coordinator at Michigan from 2017 to 2018. He most recently worked as the offensive coordinator for the Houston Texans in the NFL and has had other coaching stints with the Los Angeles Chargers and as the head coach of the D.C. Defenders in the XFL.
Overall, Michigan's football team is making strides with the return of key players and receiving recognition for their performances. The team's success and the individual achievements of players like Wilson are generating excitement among fans and scouts alike.