Michigan tight end Jake Butt, who came on strongly at the end of his freshman year, is out indefinitely after tearing an ACL in winter conditioning drills.
Butt only had 20 catches for 235 yards and two scores as a freshman, but he helped the Wolverines come within one play of beating Ohio State with a five-catch, 85-yard performance.
"Jake’s done a tremendous job since he’s been here," Brady Hoke said in a statement. "He’s worked extremely hard and gained a lot of weight to become the complete tight end he wants to be. I think he showed flashes of that towards the end of last season. This is a tough break, but because of his work ethic and attitude, the kind of young man he is, we know he will be back as soon as he can and as strong as ever."
It is unclear at this point whether Butt will try to come back for part of the 2014 season, or if he will take a medical redshirt. Jake Ryan returned from a torn ACL in seven months last season, which would bring Butt back in September, but that was considered an unusually fast recovery.