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Michigan RB De’Veon Smith Not Playing vs. Maryland

Michigan will be without junior running back De’Veon Smith for today’s Big Ten opener against Maryland due to an ankle injury sustained during last week’s game against BYU, reports The Wolverine’s Chris Balas.

Smith (5-foot-11, 228 lbs.) rushed for 125 yards (7.8 ypc) and a touchdown in last week’s 31-0 shutout of BYU, which gave him 331 yards and four scores for the season. Michigan will likely lean on a by-committee trio of Derrick Green, Drake Johnson, and Ty Isaac during his absence.

Michigan shouldn’t miss Smith too much in today’s matchup, as Maryland currently ranks 101st nationally against the run, allowing an average of 200.3 yards per game. However, the Wolverines are hoping he won’t have to miss an extended period of time, especially with Northwestern and Michigan State approaching on the schedule for Weeks 6 and 7.

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