Michigan injury report, depth chart: Projected Week 4 lineup vs. Maryland

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — With the easy non-conference schedule out of the way, Michigan will (finally) get to play some big-boy football this weekend.

The fourth-ranked Wolverines host Maryland in their Big Ten opener on Saturday afternoon at Michigan Stadium (Noon, FOX), and the expectation is that the high-powered Terps offense will provide some sort of test.

How great? That’s still up for debate. Michigan currently sits as a 17-point betting favorite in the eyes of oddsmakers, and a three-possession difference in conference play is a big deal.

If you recall, Michigan handled Maryland without much trouble last year, winning 59-18 in College Park while getting production from every which way.

They’ll look for more of that on Saturday, when Taulia Tagovailoa and a talented group of receivers come to town.

Here’s our weekly look at the Michigan injury report, and the Wolverines’ projected depth chart for the game.

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Michigan Wolverines running back Donovan Edwards (7) runs the ball as Michigan faces off against Colorado State at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022. Jacob Hamilton | MLive.comJacob Hamilton MLive.com



OL Trevor Keegan — Michigan’s starting left guard exited last week’s victory over Connecticut with an undisclosed upper-body injury and never returned. Head coach Jim Harbaugh categorized Keegan as probable for Saturday’s Big Ten opener, suggesting the move was more precautionary than anything. If he’s available (and it sounds like he should be), Michigan will likely have all five starters up front.

OL Karsen Barnhart — The team’s top reserve offensive lineman has been sidelined since leaving the opener against Colorado State with a sprained ankle, missing the victories over Hawaii and UConn as Harbaugh declared him “somewhere in between” questionable and probable. That suggests a return is near, giving Michigan some depth at tackle (or guard) in case injury strikes the group again.


RB Donovan Edwards — There’s been little update on the Wolverines’ backup running back this week, suggesting his status is up in the air against Maryland. He sat out the victory over UConn with an undisclosed ailment, but he was active and walking around on the sideline. This could very well be a game-time decision.

LB Nikhai Hill-Green — The sophomore inside linebacker has not played a snap yet this season as he recovers from a soft-tissue injury. Hill-Green suited up for the game against Hawaii, suggesting a return was imminent, but has not progressed as the Michigan staff would like him to. If there was ever a time for him to return, this week is it.


QB Cade McNamara — What a crushing last couple of weeks it’s been for McNamara, who went from starter to out for the next couple of weeks, at least. The senior quarterback took a big hit and fell awkwardly after delivering a pass in the win over UConn last week, then limped off the field and never returned. Harbaugh and the staff have ruled him out for Saturday’s game, and there’s a good chance he’ll miss the game next week at Iowa, too.

A quick note: We’ve been asked to confirm message board rumors about a season-ending injury to a starter, and are unable to do so. If there is something serious, look for more clarity this weekend.

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Michigan hosts Hawaii

Michigan quarterback JJ McCarthy throws a ball during warmup before Michigan’s matchup with Hawaii at the Big House on September 10, 2022.Ryan Sun | rsun@mlive.com


1. JJ McCarthy

2. Alan Bowman OR Davis Warren

3. Alex Orji

Notes: JJ McCarthy is the starter moving forward, and rightfully so. He put up efficient numbers again last week against UConn after playing just two-plus quarters. Look for McCarthy to play more this week. As for the backup, that role remains unclear, with Harbaugh touting graduate transfer Alan Bowman, former walk-on Davis Warren and true freshman Alex Orji as potential candidates. We project Bowman as the No. 2 guys in case of injury (he has the experience, and production), but it would come as no surprise if Warren gets some reps in a blowout. If we haven’t told you enough by now, he’s got a really strong arm.

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Blake Corum

Michigan running back Blake Corum (2) celebrates his 20-yard touchdown run against Connecticut in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)AP

Running back

1. Blake Corum

2. Donovan Edwards OR CJ Stokes

3. Tavierre Dunlap

Notes: Like last week, true-freshman CJ Stokes will be Michigan’s No. 2 back if Donovan Edwards is unable to go. But expect Blake Corum to see a bulk of the carries here, especially in crunch time against a better opponent.

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Michigan football Spring Game

The Maize offensive line lines up during Michigan football’s Spring Game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Saturday, April 2, 2022.Jacob Hamilton The Ann Arbor News

Offensive line

Left tackle: 1. Ryan Hayes, 2. Jeffrey Percy

Left guard: 1. Trevor Keegan, 2. Giovanni El-Hadi

Center: 1. Olu Oluwatimi, 2. Greg Crippen

Right guard: 1. Zak Zinter, 2. Giovanni El-Hadi

Right tackle: 1. Trent Jones, 2. Jeffrey Percy

Notes: Our projected starters include Trevor Keegan, who is likely with an injury (see above). If he is unable to go, Karsen Barnhart (questionable) or Giovanni El-Hadi are the next available options. All eyes will be on the front five this week after a couple of so-so efforts in pass protection, which remains a weak point for the group.

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Michigan hosts Hawaii

Michigan’s Luke Schoonmaker stands over a Hawaii defender after a catch during Michigan’s matchup with Hawaii at the Big House on September 10, 2022.Ryan Sun | rsun@mlive.com

Tight end

1. Erick All OR Luke Schoonmaker

2. Joel Honigford

3. Max Bredeson OR Carter Selzer

Notes: Luke Schoonmaker and Erick All continue to play just about the same number of snaps (69 and 64, respectively), while Michigan has done a great job of working in the others in the group. Look for that to tighten up a bit as we enter Big Ten play.

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Michigan hosts Hawaii

Michigan’s Roman Wilson celebrates after a touchdown run during Michigan’s matchup with Hawaii at the Big House on September 10, 2022.Ryan Sun | rsun@mlive.com

Wide receiver

X: 1. Ronnie Bell, 2. Andrel Anthony

Y: 1. Roman Wilson, 2. AJ Henning

Z: 1. Cornelius Johnson, 2. Darrius Clemons

Notes: The trio of Ronnie Bell, Roman Wilson and Cornelius Johnson continue to eat up most of the targets, while Michigan finds roles for AJ Henning, Andrel Anthony and true-freshman Darrius Clemons. We’ll see where things go, but Anthony remains relatively inactive as the Wolverines concentrate most of the passing game towards the top three.

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Michigan vs.  Colorado State football

Michigan linebacker Jaylen Harrell (32) celebrates a defensive play during the game against Colorado State at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022. (Neil Blake/MLive.com)Neil Blake/MLive.com

Defensive line

End/edge: 1. Mike Morris, 2. Braiden McGregor

Tackle: 1. Chris Jenkins, 2. Mason Graham

Nose: 1. Mazi Smith, 2. Cam Goode

End/edge: 1. Jaylen Harrell, 2. Taylor Upshaw 3. Eyabi Anoma

Notes: A pair of observations through three games: The workload for Braiden McGregor is increasing, while Taylor Upshaw’s time spent on the field has dropped. Perhaps it was just one week, but Michigan made it a point of using the first three games as a gauge. Expect the rotation to tighten just a bit.

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Michigan vs.  Colorado State

Michigan Wolverines linebacker Junior Colson (25) tackles Colorado State Rams running back Avery Morrow (25) Michigan faces off against Colorado State at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022. Jacob Hamilton | MLive.comJacob Hamilton MLive.com

Inside linebackers

1. Junior Colson

1. Michael Barrett OR Nikhai Hill-Green, 2. Kalel Mullings

Notes: Like previous weeks, Nikhai Hill-Green’s absence will play a factor here. He could be in the running to start if he’s healthy and available, but Michael Barrett and Kalel Mullings have done a fine job holding down the fort through three games. With competition expected to pick up, things may change — but having (some) depth at this spot will be key.

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Michigan vs.  Colorado State football

Michigan defensive back Mike Sainristil (0) chases down Colorado State wide receiver Tory Horton (14) during the game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022. (Neil Blake/MLive.com)Neil Blake/MLive.com


Corner: 1. DJ Turner, 2. Mike Sainristil, 3. Will Johnson

Security: 1. RJ Moten, 2. German Green

Security: 1. Rod Moore, 2. Makari Paige

Corner: 1. Gemon Green, 2. Mike Sainristil, 3. Will Johnson

Notes: Michigan started a five-man backfield last week with Mike Sainristil, and it’s very likely it will do the same this week against an explosive, pass-happy Maryland offense. Sainristil has proven himself to be an effective pass-rusher and tackler, making the Wolverines’ coaching staff comfortable leaning on a nickel look opposed to three linebackers.

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Michigan vs.  Michigan State 2021

Michigan kicker Jake Moody kicks a field goal with punter Brad Robbins holding the ball during the first half against Michigan State at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing on October 30, 2021.Neil Blake/MLive.com

Special teams

Placekicker: 1. Jake Moody, 2. Tommy Doman

Kick return: 1. Roman Wilson

Punter: 1. Brad Robbins, 2. Tommy Doman

Punt return: 1. AJ Henning, 2. Ronnie Bell

Notes: After last week’s punt return for a touchdown, AJ Henning isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon.

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