With Denard Robinson in Jacksonville and Devin Gardner now entrenched under center, it's no secret Michigan plans on having its quarterback pass far more and run far less than it has in recent years. But that plan didn't get any easier with Wednesday's announcement that a major part of that new aerial emphasis will miss the season with a injury.
The Wolverines' official Twitter feed had this to say Wednesday morning about sophomore wideout Amara Darboh:
Sophomore WR Amara Darboh will miss the 2013 season with a foot injury that will require surgery. #Team134Camp— Michigan Football (@umichfootball) August 21, 2013
"I love Amara, and just hate it for him, how hard he worked through the offseason and fall camp to earn a starting role," Brady Hoke said in a statement. "We'll rally around him like a family does and help him get through this difficult time."
A four-star member of Michigan's class of 2012, Darboh appeared in 12 games as a true freshman, working mostly on special teams. He did not have a reception.
Despite that, the rangy 6'2", 212-pound target had all but locked up a starting wide receiver position opposite senior Jeremy Gallon, and had been tabbed by many for a breakout season. His injury will likely mean more playing time and reception opportunities for senior Drew Dileo and redshirt freshman Jehu Chesson.