During today's media availability, Michigan coach Brady Hoke touched on the topic of long-term injuries. Whitmer graduate Chris Wormley is one of a handful of Wolverines who suffered season-ending injuries but whom Hoke said are improving through the course of this season - from an injury standpoint and from a standpoint of adjusting to the learning curve.
“I think all of them, I know they feel better," Hoke said. "They’re making progress. Are they doing much besides the weight room and alternate conditioning and sitting in the meeting rooms and absorbing all they can? Because some of them are true freshmen. A guy like Chris Wormley, he’s trying to absorb all he can from that standpoint, but they’re healing up.”
Wormley, a defensive end and the 2011 All-Blade player of the year, tore his ACL during preseason practices with the Wolverines and underwent surgery to repair the torn ligament prior to the season.
Hoke, however, wouldn't project whether or not any injured players would be available for spring practices.
“It’s too soon to say," Hoke said. "I think some could be limited contact, some would be no contact. That kind of thing."
"Cerebral" seems to be the word of the week during media availability at Michigan - used to characterize offensive lineman Patrick Omameh, for instance, who is a cerebral guy.
But asked today about the effervescent Devin Gardner, Hoke was also asked if Gardner was "cerebral."
“I don’t know what that means," Hoke quipped.
If you're in the dark, too, here's the Merriam-Webster definition: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cerebral