One of the Michigan Wolverines' most promising playmakers has hit an unfortunate roadblock during offseason workouts.
UM announced Thursday that sophomore tight end Jake Butt tore his ACL during winter conditioning and will be out indefinitely.
Michigan gave no word as to when Butt would undergo surgery, though head coach Brady Hoke released a short statement on the tight end's injury and upcoming recovery:
Jake's done a tremendous job since he's been here. He's worked extremely hard and gained a lot of weight to become the complete tight end he wants to be. I think he showed flashes of that towards the end of last season. This is a tough break, but because of his work ethic and attitude, the kind of young man he is, we know he will be back as soon as he can and as strong as ever.
Butt took to twitter to let everyone know he had a successful surgery.
Surgery went well and I'm feeling great! Thank you for all the love from everybody, I can't wait to be back on the field doing what I love!— jake butt (@JBooty_88) February 28, 2014
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The 6'6", 237-pound Pickerington, Ohio, native caught just 12 passes through Michigan's first 11 games but put together a great performance in the regular-season finale against rival Ohio State, bringing in five passes for 85 yards and a touchdown.
He then caught three passes for 33 yards in UM's 31-14 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl loss to Kansas State to finish the season with 20 receptions for 235 yards and two scores.
That made him the No. 3 receiver on the season for the Wolverines. He was the No. 2 tight end on the squad behind junior Devin Funchess, who was the Big Ten's tight end of the year. Funchess caught 49 passes for 748 yards and six touchdowns.
Funchess will be back to lead UM's group of tight ends next season, though Butt might not be alongside him.
Last year, star linebacker Jake Ryan tore his ACL in March during spring practice. However, he made a tremendous recovery and returned Oct. 12 against Penn State.
Jake Butt out indefinitely with an ACL tear. Does he make a Ryan return and come back midway through next year or take a RS? Latter, I bet.— Chantel Jennings (@ChantelJennings) February 13, 2014
If Butt isn't able to make the same comeback as Ryan, it will be interesting to see who the Wolverines turn to at tight end. Junior A.J. Williams was the only other tight end to catch a pass, and he caught just one: a two-yard touchdown.
The Wolverines signed one tight end, 247Sports Composite 4-star Ian Bunting, in their 2014 recruiting class.
Like Butt and Funchess were, Bunting could be counted on to contribute early in Ann Arbor.