May 22, 2024

Top 3 Michigan players not playing in Rose Bowl against Alabama

The Michigan Wolverines are back in the College Football Playoff for the third straight year.

Michigan is yet to win a playoff game and enters as the No. 1 seed. They are set to face the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.

Although there are still over two weeks until the game, the Wolverines are relatively healthy and haven’t had many players enter the transfer portal.

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Who won’t play in the Rose Bowl for Michigan?
As of right now, the Michigan Wolverines will be without four players in the Rose Bowl, and only one player has been a starter.

Zak Zinter, OL
The biggest loss for the Michigan Wolverines ahead of the Rose Bowl is starting right guard Zak Zinter, who is done for the season.

In the Wolverines’ win over Ohio State, Zinter suffered a broken tibia and fibula and had to undergo surgery.

Sherrod Moore, who served as the interim head coach, said he was heartbroken to learn that Zinter’s college career was over like that.

“It was extremely difficult,” Moore told reporters. “When you’re around a player for four years, or you’re just around all these guys in general, you don’t want to see any of them get hurt in any way. And it was hard, especially a kid of his caliber on and off the field. More so off the field, just such a great student, athlete, great person.”
Zinter is a team captain and has been the best offensive lineman for the Wolverines this season.

CJ Stokes, RB
CJ Stokes announced he’s entering the transfer portal and won’t be playing in the Rose Bowl.

“I’d like to not only thank Coach Harbaugh and Coach Hart, but the whole athletic and academic staff for making my two years in Ann Arbor enjoyable,” Stokes’ post read. “I was awarded the opportunity of a lifetime to attend the great university and I am forever grateful. With that being said, I’d like to announce I’ll be entering the transfer portal.”

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