Michigan WR Amara Darboh out for 2013 Season

Randy ChambersAnalyst IAugust 21, 2013

September 8, 2012; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Air Force Falcons defensive back Anthony LaCoste (37) avoids Michigan Wolverines wide receiver Amara Darboh (82) at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
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Michigan sophomore wide receiver Amara Darboh will miss the 2013 season after injuring his foot in a live scrimmage on Saturday, according to Nick Baumgardner of Mlive.com and Michigan Football's Twitter feed.

The injury, which will require surgery, is only the latest to strike the Wolverines. Starting linebacker Jake Ryan, who is expected back this season, has been sidelined since suffering an ACL injury in March. Losing Darboh could be just as costly to the team's success, as he was expected to compete for a starting role.

Darboh played in four games at wide receiver and 11 on special teams as a freshman. Although he wasn't a huge contributor, making just five tackles, he does stand out at 6'2", 212 pounds and has the quickness to get down field and open up the passing attack.

Michigan averaged just 199.3 passing yards a game last season and is hoping quarterback Devin Gardner can lead a more balanced offense. However, he needs help at wide receiver if those numbers are to improve. Senior Jeremy Gallon will once again be the go-to receiver, but there aren't many other reliable options.

Now that Darboh is out for the year, Michigan is expecting contributions from a couple of new faces, according to Michael Rothstein of ESPN:

Both receivers have a combined three catches for 22 yards. Jehu Chesson redshirted his freshman season, and Joe Reynolds caught all three passes in a 42-17 victory over Iowa.

It's clear experience at wide receiver is a big issue for Michigan and will likely mean more catches for tight end Devin Funchess, who provided 15 receptions and five touchdowns his freshman season.

Michigan will take the wide-receiver-by-committee approach until somebody steps up.