Key Michigan & Washington Players Not Playing in the National Championship
Wolverines fans are gearing up for the 2024 College Football Playoff National Championship game, which will have No. 1 Michigan going up against No. 2 Washington. The game takes place at NRG Stadium in Houston at 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday (Jan. 8) and will air on ESPN and the ESPN App. But, not everyone will be on the field for this game. Here are some key Michigan and Washington players not playing in the National Championship.
If you’re wondering why some players won’t be participating, it’s mainly for two reasons. For one, some of these players are injured. The other reason is that some players who want to declare for the NFL or play for a different university next season don’t want to risk getting injured in this final game. In a NIL reality, these players could forgo some big bucks if they were to get injured, too. Here are the players not playing in the National Championship game, via Covers.com.
Two big players that are out for Michigan are offensive lineman Zak Zinter and wide receiver Karmello English. Zinter, a senior, suffered a broken tibia and fibula during the Wolverines’ last game against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Sadly, he’ll be out. But, he’s appearing in the 2024 NFL draft, so stay tuned. English, a freshman, is dealing with an undisclosed injury. The last game he played with the Wolverines was Oct. 14 against the Indiana Hoosiers. Other guys also out for the Wolverines include Logan Forbes, CJ Stokes and Davis Warren.
Some players out for the Huskies are offensive guard Gaard Memmelaar and running back Cameron Davis. Memmelaar, a sophomore, has been out all season. He reportedly was injured during fall practice. Davis, a junior, is out due to a lower body injury, which he suffered during a practice. He did play in Washington’s game against Washington State but won’t play the championship game. Others out for Washington include Dillon Johnson and Sam Adams II.