Posted by Tom Fornelli
Michigan has one of the worst defenses in the country this season. A unit that has been depleted over the last few years thanks to transfers and injuries finds itself ranked 114th in the country in total defense, and 104th in scoring defense. Which wouldn't be so terrible if there were 400 teams in the FBS, but there are only 120.
So, naturally, the last thing Michigan needs right now is another injury on the defensive side of the ball. Unfortunately for the Wolverines, that's exactly what they have. Linebacker and leading tackler Jonas Mouton pulled a chest muscle during Michigan's crazy triple-overtime victory over Illinois last weekend, and now his status for Michigan's game against Purdue this Saturday is in doubt.
"We'll see how he progresses as it relates to Saturday," Rich Rodriguez told The Detroit News. "I don't think there's structural damage, but there's muscular issues that are causing some pain, and it's kind of a day-to-day thing. He's a tough guy, and if he can play and is cleared by the trainers, he'll be ready to go."
Obviously, Michigan can't really afford to lose anybody on defense these days, let alone its leading tackler. If Mouton can't go on Saturday, Rodriguez said he'll be replaced by co-captain Mark Moundros at weak-side linebacker.
Moundros was a fullback last season.
The Wolverines may want to put up 60 again.