Michigan tight end Jake Butt is facing a long lay off after suffering a torn ACL, his school revealed today in an official release.
It appears Butt suffered the injury during winter conditioning and has now been listed as out indefinitely by the Wolverines.
Coach Barry Hoke voiced his support for the player in the press release:
"Jake's done a tremendous job since he's been here.
"He's worked extremely hard and gained a lot of weight to become the complete tight end he wants to be. I think he showed flashes of that towards the end of last season."
ACL injuries are always difficult to deal with, but it comes at a particularly unfortunate time for Butt who had ended the 2013 season in good form.
The former four-star recruit finished his freshman season with 20 catches for 235 yards and two touchdowns - both of which came in the final five games of Michigan's season.
The player himself has vowed to come back stronger and took to Twitter to thank those who have offered him messages of support:
"Thank you guys for all these tweets and texts. I'm in good hands and will have a speedy recovery and come back even stronger," he told followers.
The injury will surely rule Butt out for the whole of spring training and he will hope to be back in contention for the school's opening fixture of the 2014 season against Apalachian State August 30.