Central Michigan injury report: TE Joel Wilson returns; CB Darius Bracy to miss championship
For one player, the season ends abruptly. Another will see his resurrected.
Senior offensive guard Oge Udeogu broke his arm in last weekend's win over Toledo, an injury that will sideline him for the remainder of the Chippewas' season.
"It breaks my heart," McElwain said following the Chippewas' 49-7 victory over the Rockets. "He's a guy that joined us as a couple of these guys have and really made us better. He's a great teammate. The guys love him. We love him."
Though he's saddened by the loss, the first-year coach has faith in possible replacements such as freshmen Danny Motowski and Deiyantei Powell-Woods and redshirt freshman Tyden Ferris.
McElwain stated his confidence in them and feels that they've gotten enough playing time this season to be successful. Junior Derek Smith will slide to right guard to replace Udeogu while Powell-Woods will step into Smith's vacated left guard role.
For redshirt freshman tight end Joel Wilson, the Mid-American Conference championship game will serve as his first game action since the season opening contest against Albany on Aug. 29, a contest in which he had one catch for 7 yards.
"He's had a really good week of practice," McElwain said on Wednesday.
McElwain also indicated that sophomore cornerback Darius Bracy will miss his third consecutive game due to an undisclosed injury. Bracy has been injured since leaving the Nov. 2 contest vs Northern Illinois.
Sophomore receiver Drayton Law missed last week's contest with an injury, but McElwain has not given an update on his status for Saturday's MAC championship game.