Michigan lose three starting offensive linemen to Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, NJ – As if injuries weren’t already a problem, the Michigan soccer team are losing a third offensive lineman starting tonight.

The Wolverines are without starting tackles Ryan Hayes and Jalen Mayfield for a third straight game, and now center Andrew Vastardis, for their game against Rutgers (7:30 p.m., BTN).

A Michigan spokesperson confirmed the news to MLive on Saturday night, adding that Vastardis is also “out due to injury.” Expect red shirt rookie Zach Carpenter to make his first center start, as well as the continued reshuffle of the offensive line.

MLive subscribers “Wolverine Confidential” SMS service were the first to be informed of the injuries.

That means Karsen Barnhart will start at left tackle, Andrew Stueber at right tackle and real freshman Zak Zinter at right guard.

Michigan will also be without starting defensive end Kwity Paye, who remains injured, leaving the Wolverines down with the two starting defensive fins. Aidan Hutchinson remains on the sidelines indefinitely with a broken ankle.

Look for the Wolverines to replicate what they did last week, starting second year in red shirt Taylor Upshaw and Carlo Kemp in fifth year at the end, and Donovan Jeter on tackle.

And if you’re wondering, no official word yet on who will start as quarterback. Joe Milton and Cade McNamara both wear the uniform and warm up before the game.

The Wolverines (1-3) are in the midst of a losing three-game skid, the latest being a 49-11 rout against Wisconsin.

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