From staff and wire reports
ANN ARBOR — Quite a start to the week for Joe Kerridge.
The former St. Francis running back was awarded a scholarship Sunday night by Michigan football coach Brady Hoke. On Monday, Kerridge, a walk-on, was listed as the starting fullback for Saturday’s season opener with Central Michigan.
“It’s an honor,” Kerridge said of the scholarship. “It’s a weight off my back. It feels great.”
Kerridge, who tore his ACL before the start of his senior season at St. Francis, is a redshirt sophomore. He was one of three walk-ons to receive scholarships. The other two were offensive lineman Graham Glasgow and wide receiver Joe Reynolds. Glasgow is listed as the starting left guard.
Hoke said there were several candidates for the available scholarships, but those three “separated themselves” from the pack.
“They set a standard for work ethic, they set a standard for toughness,” Hoke said. “They love their teammates, they love Michigan. They earned it.”
Michigan also selected its captains on Sunday, surprising many observers by announcing four captains.
As it turns out, they are going to open the season with just two.
Linebacker Jake Ryan is out until at least October as he recovers from a torn ACL, and Hoke said Monday that safety Courtney Avery is expected to miss two weeks after having arthroscopic knee surgery over the weekend. Avery found out that he had been named captain the day after his operation.
“That was a great pick-me-up, to find out that my teammates had shown that kind of faith and trust in me,” he said. “But in a way it will make Saturday even harder, because I want to be out there even more. I feel like I’m letting everyone down by being on the sidelines.”