Michigan TE Jake Butt suffers knee injury in loss
Miami Gardens, Fla. – Michigan tight end and co-captain Jake Butt suffered either an “MCL or ACL” knee injury, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said after the Orange Bowl.
Early in the second quarter, Butt, the Mackey Award winner as the nation’s best at the position, injured his right knee after making a 16-yard reception. He writhed in pain but eventually walked off the field without assistance, although he had a slight limp.
With a towel over his head, he walked to the locker room and gave a thumbs up to Michigan fans in the stands as he passed.
Butt, a senior playing in his last game, suffered a torn ACL in February 2014.
“I talked to him at halftime. I told him I love him,” Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight said. “I credit a lot of how I bounce from adversity through how I watched him. He took me under his wing immediately and I watched from afar how he operated. He had an ACL a couple years ago that I watched him bounce back from with ease. I don’t know if that’s what happened tonight. Whatever happened, I know he’s going to bounce back better than everybody.”
Michigan played without two starters in the 33-32 loss to Florida State. Jabrill Peppers could not play because of a hamstring injury suffered in practice Thursday.