Despite suffering a concussion a week ago against Ohio State, Michigan defender Tyree Kinnel will be ready to go for the Outback Bowl, head coach Jim Harbaugh said on Sunday.
Kinnel went through concussion protocol last week and didn’t participate in practice. He suffered a concussion after a hit on Ohio State wide receiver Austin Mack, but Kinnel says that he doesn’t recollect the play.
“They said I was out for about maybe 10 to 12 seconds, I’m not sure,” Kinnel said, according to Angelique Chengelis of the Detroit News. “I don’t remember much from the hit. I do remember people telling me what happened and what was going on. I do remember going into the locker room with the trainers, and they told me what happened. Pretty scary moment, but I’m fine now.
“I’m 100 percent now. I wasn’t this last week, definitely after the game. Took a pretty good shot, but I definitely feel ready to go. I went through concussion protocol this whole last week. I’m back from it now and I’m excited to get back with my team.”
Michigan was selected to play in the Outback Bowl on Sunday. The Wolverines will square off against South Carolina. Both teams finished the season 8-4.
Kinnel ranks fifth on the team in tackles, recording 66 on the season. He also has 4.5 tackles for loss, seven pass break-ups and two interceptions on the year.
This was the first time Kinnel has experienced a concussion.