As a returning All American for the Wolverines, Jourdan Lewis came into his senior season with lofty expectations.
But so far, Michigan’s star cornerback has been relegated to the bench, as he’s been nursing various injuries. And part of that, secondary coach Michael Zordich says, may be from Lewis' overloading his workload during the summer.
“He worked his tail off all summer, probably worked it a little too hard,” Zordich said of Lewis. “I think that might have been a little too much torque on his body, and some of the issues he’s had the past couple weeks might have been from that.
“But he had a hell-of-a camp. And then all off sudden his back started to tighten up, his hamstring affected his quad, and he’s jut fighting through these things right now. He’s fighting to get back out there.”
Lewis, who finished with a new U-M single season record 20 pass break-ups to go along with his two interceptions in 2015, might play this Saturday against Colorado (2-0) at 3:30 p.m., Zordich says, but only if he as a solid week of practice first.
“It all depends on how he handles the week of practice,” Zordich said. “We’ll just see how it goes. I’m sure there will be some rust. But he’s a pretty competitive kid, so we’ll see how it goes.”
At the moment, Zordich also says Lewis is still “working through some things” with U-M’s athletic training staff, adding: “We expect him at the end of the week to see where he is at.”
That being said, Zordich was complimentary of Lewis’ secondary mates who have filled his void during his absence.
“But I got to give credit to the other guys,” Zordich said. “(Channing Stribling, Jeremy Clark and) Brandon Watson, great job, coming along really good for a young kind, he’s stepped right in. He’s in a role where he’s playing much more than he had a year ago, and handling it well.”
Adding: “It is good in a sense to get these other guys experience, at the same time you miss a kid like Jourdan Lewis.”
No. 4 Michigan (2-0) will play host to Colorado this Saturday 3:30 p.m. ET.