Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson on Tarik Black and Donovan Peoples-Jones
Angelique S. Chengelis, The Detroit News
Ann Arbor — Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary, who missed the last three games with a right shoulder injury, made his return, while receiver Tarik Black, who broke his right foot a week before the start of the season, also was back against Penn State.
Gary has been dealing with an AC joint issue that has caused much hand-wringing in the fan base regarding his return, and if he would return. He started against the Nittany Lions in the Wolverines’ 42-7 victory on Saturday and had two tackles and a quarterback hurry.
“Good to see Rashan back out there,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said.
In the opening drive of the game, Gary put pressure on Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley, freeing Chase Winovich to get the sack.
“Rashan definitely helps,” Winovich said.
Black was in uniform two weeks earlier at Michigan State and went through pregame warm-ups. He did get on the field but Michigan called a timeout and he did not return. Black did not have a catch against the Nittany Lions, but he looked like his old self early in the fourth quarter.
Black caught a 41-yard pass from Shea Patterson in the end zone with 11:55 left in the game, but it was called back for holding. Black was the team’s leading receiver last season as a freshman and broke his left foot in the third game and missed the rest of the season. He broke right foot a week before the opener and required surgery.
His teammates are thrilled to have him back.
“All the guys have been around Tarik and he’s had the same injury twice and he’s had to come back from it twice,” Patterson said. “We all kind of see the hard work he puts in to get back out there. Just to see him out there and have fun and make that play is an amazing feeling.”