Ann Arbor – Receiver Tarik Black has had some bad luck in each of his first two seasons at Michigan.
Last year as a freshman he broke his left foot in the third game. He was Michigan’s leading receiver at the time, with 11 catches for 149 yards.
Then a week before the season opener this fall, he suffered a break in his right foot.
Black returned for the Michigan State game but didn’t play. He played against Penn State and had a touchdown catch called back because of a penalty.
“It’s big,” Michigan tight end Zach Gentry said of having Black back. “Tarik is a fantastic athlete. We already have DPJ (Donovan Peoples-Jones) and Nico (Collins) and Grant Perry and all those guys, and to add another weapon out there is going to cause more havoc for defenses and open some things up for us.”
Even the defensive players were overjoyed to see Black playing again.
“It’s a brotherhood here, man,” linebacker and co-captain Devin Bush said. “Just to see your brother get back out there. What happened to Tarik before the season, that’s tragic. He was looking forward to this season and coming out and making a name for himself.
“For that happen and for him to bounce back as fast as he did and go out there and have the courage to still be a part of this team, you want to see a guy like that go out there and succeed.”
Defensive end Rashan Gary also returned to the starting lineup last week against Penn State after missing three games while working through an AC joint issue in his right shoulder.
Bush was elated to see his fellow junior back on the field.
“Him being out there again and seeing that smile on his face … he told me before the game, ‘I’m glad I’m back. It feels good to be back,’” Bush said. “I’m glad he’s back. He was battling through some things the past couple weeks and he’s really been attacking his rehab hard and I’m glad to see him back there.”