Projected to start at wide receiver for Michigan in 2013, Amara Darboh (No. 82 in the photo above) will instead be watching the Wolverines from the sidelines. Unfortunately, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound native of Des Moines, Iowa will be missing the entire 2013 season after sustaining a foot injury.
“I love Amara, and just hate it for him, how hard he worked through the offseason and fall camp to earn a starting role,” Coach Brady Hoke announced on Wednesday morning.
Darboh did not record a reception as a true freshman in 2012, instead making contributions on special teams. He made five solo tackles in 11 games played, proving that he would do what it takes to help the team win games.
It is tough, as Hoke mentioned, watching a player work so hard to make the leap from special-teamer to starter go down. However, Michigan does return talent at the position. Leading receiver Jeremy Gallon returns, as does Drew Dileo. Both will be seniors in the fall and should be huge weapons for quarterback Devin Gardner as the teams makes a push for Big Ten supremacy.
Another weapon Gardner will have at his disposal is running back Fitzgerald Touissant. Another very good player headed into his senior season, there was doubt as to whether or not Fitz would ever play again following a gruesome broken ankle in a win against Iowa last year. However, not only is the 5-foot-10, 202-pound Touissant back in the fold, but Hoke already has him pegged as the team’s starter for Week 1 against Central Michigan.
“If we’re going to get technical about it, Fitz would be the starter,” Hoke said about the opener Aug. 31. “There’s a clear separation that Fitz is the guy.”
Michigan kicks the season off against Central Michigan on Aug. 31 at home. The game is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET and will air on the Big Ten Network.