Michigan wide receiver Tarik Black won’t play in the Outback Bowl and will instead pursue a medical redshirt after injuring his foot early in the season.

Thursday, Kyle Rowland of the Toledo Blade reported that Black would not see the field for the Wolverines on New Year’s Day when they square off against South Carolina in the Outback Bowl. After missing the final nine games of the year, applying for the medical redshirt seems to be the smart decision.

Black, a freshman, broke his foot in Michigan’s game against Air Force, the team’s third game of the season. Jim Harbaugh confirmed shortly after the injury in September that the receiver had a crack in his foot and would need surgery.

Through three games, Black caught 11 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown. At the time, he was the team’s leading receiver. The injury kept him sidelined for the remainder of the season.

A member of Michigan’s 2017 recruiting class, Black was a four-star prospect and was ranked as the No. 15 receiver in the class. He was also the top prospect out of Connecticut and was ranked No. 116 nationally.

Black will be a key member of Michigan’s receiving corps in 2018.