ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan football dominated Hawaii on Saturday, but the Wolverines didn’t emerge unscathed.
While Nikhai Hill-Green dressed for the game, he didn’t play. Karsen Barnhart remained out, dressed in street clothes due to his Week 1 injury. But Donovan Edwards was tended to on the sidelines and came back out in street clothes, as did defensive end Taylor Upshaw, who had a walking boot on after the game.
On Monday, at his weekly press conference, Jim Harbaugh was asked about Edwards’ injury, and said that he doesn’t yet have an update as to his status.
“No, I don’t I don’t have an update,” Harbaugh said. “We’re working through something and he’s working through something.”
Considering that Michigan is playing Connecticut on Saturday, a team that ranks 94th in rushing defense and 101st overall, the Wolverines can get away with not having Edwards out there. His potential absence would mean more playing time for true freshman C.J. Stokes, who showed flashes of ability in each of the first two games. He had eight carries for 61 yards against Hawaii, and a touchdown.
As for Upshaw, also considering the depth at the edge rusher position, if he’s not available, that could mean more playing time for transfer Eyabi Anoma or freshman Derrick Moore — both being players that the Wolverines are hoping will make an impact throughout the season.
Harbaugh was not asked about and did not address any of the other player injuries.
Michigan kicks off against UConn at noon on Saturday at The Big House.