Washington’s biggest problem in the first half against Michigan was stopping the run game. The Wolverines ran for 209 yards behind 93 from Donovan Edwards on three carries. That meant Jabbar Muhammad, typically Washington’s best cover cornerback, had to get involved in the run defense.
Michigan has looked like the more physical team up front so far, and Muhammad was on the receiving end of that physicality when making a tackle on running back Blake Corum. Muhammad made the stop but went down in clear pain grabbing at his right bicep.
Muhammad did not return in the first half, but there are no official reports about his status for the second half.
All year, Muhammad was Washington’s No. 1 cover corner. He came into the game with 13 pass breakups and three interceptions this year. As an undersized corner, the Oklahoma State transfer also made 44 tackles and had two sacks in his first season with the Huskies.
Muhammad already came up big in pass defense against J.J. McCarthy and Michigan with this breakup on a pass intended for Cornelius Johnson.
Michigan only passed for 81 yards int he first half, but it may be easier for McCarthy to get going in the second half if Muhammad cannot return.
Jabbar Muhammad injury status:
Jabbar Muhammad is QUESTIONABLE to return with an upper-body injury.
UPDATE: Muhammad returned to start the second half after sustaining a suspected stinger.