Michigan Football: DT Ondre Pipkins out for 2013 Season

Brian Leigh@@BLeighDATFeatured ColumnistOctober 7, 2013

Michigan won the game against Minnesota this Saturday, reversing a trend of disappointing victories with a 42-13 dismantling of the Gophers at the Big House.

But not all of the post-game news was good.

According to Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com, defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins, who was carted off the field late in the blowout, tore his ACL and will miss the rest of the season:

Pipkins, a true sophomore, ranked No. 51 on the 247Sports composite in 2012, and was a regular contributor in Michigan's rotation at nose tackle. For the year, he recorded seven tackles and did a good job occupying blockers up the middle.

"You hurt for Ondre, and I really do because I coach him and he's in my meeting room every day," said head coach Brady Hoke, according to Baumgardner's write-up. "He was really starting to turn the corner on the field and become a productive football player for us."

More responsibility will now be placed on Quinton Washington, the Wolverines' starter at nose tackle whom Pipkins would frequently sub in for. He'll be counted on to play a few extra reps while the new rotation tackles ease into action.

Those new tackles will likely be some combination of redshirt freshmen Ryan Glasgow and Willie Henry, though Baumgardner also mentions junior Richard Ash and redshirt freshman Tom Strobel as potential pieces.

Either way, with a road trip to play physical Penn State this week and a tricky home game against high-powered Indiana (seriously), Michigan will need to figure out the rotation quickly.

It should still be able to win those games, but it also shouldn't take either one for granted.

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