Michigan without WR Giles Jackson, LB Cam McGrone against Penn State

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ANN ARBOR, Michigan — Michigan will be without one of its wide starters and the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week today.

Giles Jackson has been ruled out for Saturday’s game against Penn State (noon, ABC) due to injury, a team spokesperson confirmed to MLive this morning.

Jackson is coming off a game of four catches and 50 yards last week against Rutgers, in addition to a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

Also absent on the offensive end of the ball are tackle Jalen Mayfield and center Andrew Vastardis, who both missed last week’s game. It would be the fourth straight game Mayfield has missed.

Expect rookie Zach Carpenter to start at center. What Michigan (2-3) decides to do at tackle will be intriguing to watch – do they stay with Karsen Barnhart at tackle and bring Andrew Stueber back inside?

Meanwhile, the Wolverines could get some good news on the defensive end. Safety Brad Hawkins and defensive end Kwity Paye both dressed and participated in pre-game warm-ups. Hawkins left last week’s game with an undisclosed upper body injury, while Paye missed the last two games with an undisclosed injury.

However, linebacker Cam McGrone was not on the field and is out with an injury, a team spokesperson said. Expect Adam Shibley, who is marching on the spot, to start at center linebacker.

If you’re wondering about the quarterback, though it remains unconfirmed, redshirt rookie Cade McNamara appears to be the starter. He took the first snap with the quarterbacks in warmups and looked like the more polished option last week, when he threw for 260 yards and four touchdowns.

NORTH EXIT: Placekicker Quinn Nordin, after going 0 for 3 in field goal attempts last week against Rutgers, is also out through injury. Jake Moody and the walk-on Karl Kerska are Michigan’s options today.

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