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Michigan football news: Super talent Tarik Black out indefinitely

Tarik Black

Not so great news coming out of the Michigan football program. The Wolverines had a tremendous talent at the receiver position with Tarik Black running routes as if he made them himself. Unfortunately, the keyword in that previous sentences happens to be “had.”

Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh has announced that the receiver has suffered a cracked foot and will undergo surgery to repair it. Furthermore, he is out indefinitely, as there is no timetable for his return.

“He’s going to be out. He’s going to need surgery. He’s got a crack in his foot,” Harbaugh told the Detroit Free Press. “On the outside of his foot.”

Without making this too jokey, as this isn’t actually funny, doesn’t the above quote just read weird? Yes. Yes. This is a really random personal aside, but for whatever reason, it feels like a robot must have said that.

Back to football.

Losing Tarik Black is a big deal for the 3-0 Wolverines. Black started each of Michigan’s first three games, catching a team-high 11 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown. Those numbers might not scream world-beater, but one has to remember that the Wolverines don’t exactly have John Elway manning the helm.

It was that 11th grab that forced the receiver out. Black injured his foot while being tackled from behind in Saturday’s win over Air Force.

In a random, yet neatly weird stat: The Wolverines rank second-to-last in turning redzone trips to touchdowns. After three games, Michigan has reached the redzone 10 times. In three games, that is pretty good. The issue here is that the Wolverines only turned one of those 10 trips into a touchdown.