Michigan LB Mario Ojemudia out for the season

Michigan Wolverines linebacker Mario Ojemudia suffered an Achilles injury in the Wolverines’ game against Maryland over the weekend and will miss the rest of the season. Angelique S. Changelis of The Detroit News reported Ojemudia’s injury.

Michigan’s much-improved defense now takes a huge hit, as Ojemudia was both a starter and senior. Since arriving in Ann Arbor from nearby Farmington Hills as a four-star recruit in 2012, he has posted 82 tackles (17.5 for a loss), eight sacks, an interception and a forced fumble with one recovery. He isn’t the end-all and be-all of the Wolverines’ defense, but there’s no doubt that he is an important member of that unit.

Senior Royce Jenkins-Stone will likely replace Ojemudia on the field, with sophomore Lawrence Marshall taking over as the new backup. Hopefully, the two can help a Wolverines defense that is coming off of back-to-back shutouts and has gone 4-0 while allowing just 14 points since losing its season opener against Utah.

Next on No. 18 Michigan’s list is a Saturday date with No. 13 Northwestern at the Big House. Kickoff is slated for 3:30 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network.

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