Troy Woolfolk suffered a lower body injury during practice on Tuesday afternoon. The word on the Internet is that he dislocated his ankle. He's out for several months, at least, and likely the entire year.
This is what Butch Woolfolk, Troy's father, told the Detroit Free Press:
“I’m only listening to what the coaches told me, but they said it happened during a tackle. His foot got stuck in the turf and his ankle just turned...It was dislocated and when they put it back in the socket, they did an X-ray and found out about the ligament (damage) and the bone broke.”
The doctors are waiting for the swelling to recede before deciding on surgery.
What This Means for the Fall Season
Troy going down leaves JT Floyd at one starting cornerback position and a true freshman on the other side. Cullen Christian and Courtney Avery* will battle it out for the other spot and the loser will see plenty of time at nickel.
Teric Jones has recently transitioned back to corner from safety. He should see playing time, as he is now one of the few upperclassmen at the position.
The depth at corner is desperately thin, and the Woolfolk injury is truly tragic. If your initial reaction was to sit in the darkest corner of your room and cry while "Don't Stop Believin'" played in the background, I wouldn't blame you.
Without Woolfolk, the only senior in the secondary, Umich can expect to lose at least one more game this season. By all accounts, he had been increasingly vocal throughout the offseason and he would have been a leader on this team.
What This Means for Next Fall
Whoever coaches the team next year gets a fifth year senior in Woolfolk. He can redshirt this season, as long as he is willing to come back next year.
*Courtney Avery Digression: His first and last name are male/female first names. My first instinct was that this was a girl's name. Don't believe me? I searched the omniscient Facebook for people with the name Courtney Avery. Out of the 46 people that share his name, there are only three other guys on the list. Courtney Avery is an 8.7% masculine name. How's that for metrics? Maybe I shouldn't be making fun of freshman cornerbacks; I don't want to hurt their psyche.