Michigan reportedly loses second special teams contributor to season-ending injury
Michigan will reportedly be without senior long snapper Will Wagner for the remainder of the season due to a season ending injury, per MLive’s Aaron McMann.
The hits just keep coming for Michigan’s special teams unit. In less than 24 hours, Michigan lost 2 key contributors in the special teams unit. Earlier, it was reported that Caden Kolesar suffered a season-ending torn ACL. Kolesar was a factor in defending kicks and punts for the Wolverines.
Update: I'm also told #Michigan senior long snapper Will Wagner is out for the season with an injury.
Earlier this week, Jim Harbaugh said he didn't want to discuss injuries. This may be why. They're beginning to build. https://t.co/tuf2Za8U6Y
— Aaron McMann (@AaronMcMann) October 5, 2022
With Wagner out, it puts an additional strain on the kicking game and the entire special teams unit. In McMann’s report on Twitter, he referenced how Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh did not want to discuss injuries earlier in the week. Harbaugh will have to answer questions about how his special teams unit will respond without 2 mainstays.
In his senior season, he handled snapping duties on field goals, PATs, and punts. He contributed on almost every part of special teams except for kickoffs. As a junior in 2021, Wagner was the team’s starting long snapper and he played in all 14 games.
Wagner will be sorely missed for the rest of the season. Michigan has 3 other long snappers on the roster who can potentially fill in for Wagner. Regardless of who replaces Wagner, it will be hard to fill in for Wagner.
Michigan will look to overcome these injuries in Week 6 against Indiana.