One of the University of Michigan's prized prospects in its highly ranked 2012 recruiting class, defensive end Chris Wormley, tore his ACL in practice on Wednesday and is likely to miss all of the Wolverines' upcoming season according to The Detroit News and Chris Balas of TheWolverine.com.
Wormley, a native of Ohio, was ranked No. 21 at defensive end according to Rivals.com and No. 6 in the Buckeye state by ESPN.com. The 6-foot-4, 297-pound Wormley also made the Associated Press Division I All-Ohio team in addition to being tabbed as the co-defensive player of the year in the state.
The former Toledo Whitmer High School standout had the potential to earn some playing time during his first season in Ann Arbor as an immediate backup to senior defensive end Craig Roh, as well as defensive tackles Jibreel Black and Will Campbell.
Now that Wormley's freshman season is more than likely lost to injury, the coaching staff will likely redshirt the Ohio native or request a medical redshirt from the NCAA.
Wormley's injury comes just two days after the Michigan coaching staff announced that fifth-year senior wide receiver Roy Roundtree underwent arthroscopic surgery last Friday and is expected to be out for the next two weeks.
Stay tuned for more updates about Wormley's and Roundtree's injures in the coming days.
Zach Dirlam is the former lead editor of the college basketball section as well as Big Ten columnist for the FOX Sports/MSN/YardBarker affiliate website Sports at Work. Check out his blog, Dirlam's Dirty Dugout Sports Blog, which features this story, along with other articles and video reports on major sports.
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