|Michigan RB Mike Hart's teammates expect he'll play at Illinois|
|Written by Admin|
|Monday, 15 October 2007 09:34|
Michigan defensive end Tim Jamison said Hart, who appeared to hurt his right ankle in the first half Saturday against Purdue, would be on the field for the 24th-ranked Wolverines when they play Saturday night at Illinois.
Offensive tackle Jake Long agreed.
``There's no doubt in my mind he'll play,'' Long said Monday.
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr, meanwhile, said he won't know until later in the week whether the star running back will be healthy enough to play. Hart didn't play in the second half Saturday.
Hart, Michigan's career rushing leader, seemed to be relatively healthy in the second half as he smiled and laughed with teammates while watching the game, walking on the sidelines without an obvious limp.
On Monday, Hart was listed as the No. 1 tailback on Michigan's depth chart.
Brandon Minor, Hart's backup, limped off the field during the first drive of the second half after he appeared to hurt his left ankle. Minor was later carted off the field and left the stadium with a protective boot covering his left foot.
Third-string running back Carlos Brown scored twice in the fourth quarter of the 48-21 win over the Boilermakers.
Carr said Hart and Minor's work ethic would assist their recovery.
``Both of them will leave no stone unturned to get back as quickly as they can,'' Carr said.
In only a half, Hart scored twice and had 21 carries for 102 yards - setting a school record with his seventh straight 100-yard game.
The senior also moved past Wisconsin's Anthony Davis for fifth among the Big Ten's career rushing leaders with 4,757. He trails Wisconsin's Ron Dayne - who ran for a conference-record 7,125 yards - Ohio State's Archie Griffin, Indiana's Anthony Thompson and Michigan State's Lorenzo White.