Kelly-Powell Finally Healthy, Expected to Contribute

Kelly-Powell Finally Healthy, Expected to Contribute

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Kelly-Powell Finally Healthy, Expected to Contribute

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — After a lot of offseason hype, Michigan fans hadn’t gotten much of a chance to see yet another No. 16 with dreadlocks running all over the field.

Of course, the spectre of Denard Robinson is gone, and so are the dreads of current Michigan safety Jaylen Kelly-Powell, who had drawn rave reviews for his play once he was committed more to safety, above being a defensive journeyman.

Through three weeks, there was only one Kelly-Powell sighting, late in the game when the reserves came in against SMU this past Saturday.

His position coach, Chris Partridge says that he’s been banged up all season long, including when he was on the field against the Mustangs. However, he expects, given what he’s seen from him on the practice field this week, that he’ll be back in full force, starting this week.

“He’s back now, he is back,” “He looked 100% yesterday — finally! He’s been out three weeks, almost a month. And even last week, he played a little bit, but he wasn’t his normal quick, explosive self.

“I was really encouraged by his practice yesterday. You could just see with your eyes that he feels good. He’s a guy that will hopefully get back in the mix quickly here.”

Kelly-Powell’s counterpart and class compatriot Brad Hawkins conversely has seen quite a bit of playing time thus far this season, starting with the season opener against Notre Dame. After strong safety Josh Metellus was ejected for targeting, Hawkins has become something of a mainstay.

Perhaps as a result of Kelly-Powell’s unavailability, there’s been less of a rotation at the free safety position, where team captain, senior Tyree Kinnel has been on the field for most of the three games, even when reserves came in late in the Western Michigan game.

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