Paye, Gil Unable to Finish Peach Bowl Due to Hamstring Injuries

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Paye, Gil Unable to Finish Peach Bowl Due to Hamstring Injuries

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Paye, Gil Unable to Finish Peach Bowl Due to Hamstring Injuries

Two Michigan defensive players – sophomore defensive end Kwity Paye and sophomore linebacker Devin Gil – were taken to the locker room in the first half of the Peach Bowl with injuries.

Coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed both as hamstring injuries in his postgame press conference after Michigan’s 41-15 loss to Florida on Dec. 29.

Both players were injured in the first half and did not return. In the second half, true freshman Aidan Hutchinson started for Paye and sophomore Jordan Glasgow took Gil’s place.

“Defensively, it was really the same story,” Harbaugh said. “We didn’t play as well. Had some – had some missed calls, adjustments. We left a couple receivers wide open, some things that we normally don’t do.”

Harbaugh gave Paye the start due to junior Rashan Gary declaring for the 2019 NFL Draft and skipping the bowl game.

Paye played in 10 regular games this seasons, and he received a large portion of time on the field when Gary was injured earlier in the season. Paye registered 27 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks and one forced fumble.

Gil, before the injury, had six tackles, one sack and one tackle for a loss. In the 2018 season, the 6-foot-1, 231-pound linebacker registered 31 tackles, three tackles for a loss and one sack.

In his postgame press conference, Harbaugh said he plans to take what he has and reload for the 2019 season.

“I think we’re going to take going to take what we have and reload,” Harbaugh said. “A new season and tighten up. But keep working. Keep working to put it over the top.”

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