Wolverines without leading rusher, starting corner today

The Michigan Wolverines have a wet and soggy game against the Maryland Terrapins this afternoon, but will have to do it without two key players. Per Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com, running back De’Veon Smith and starting cornerback Channing Stribling will not play today.

Smith’s absence was anticipated after he suffered a lower-leg injury against BYU last weekend, and his loss will be felt. He has run for 334 yards and four touchdowns thus far this season and though Maryland has underachieved this season, Smith is enough of a loss that Michigan’s rushing attack will not be the same. Ty Isaac will start in his place.

Just why Stribling is out, however, has not been explained. A school spokesperson said that coach Jim Harbaugh will address the matter after the game, but the added secrecy could be a cause for concern. Stribling has 10 tackles, an interception and one pass breakup on the season. Given how important he is in the secondary, losing him long-term could be devastating for Michigan.

Campus Sports will update the status of both players as new information becomes available.

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