A university spokesperson Wednesday said Michigan right tackle Juwann Bushell-Beatty did not travel with the team to Atlanta for this week’s Peach Bowl. He has opted to skip the game and prepare for the NFL.
And according to Nick Baumgardner of the Detroit Free Press, true freshman Jalen Mayfield and redshirt freshman Andrew Stueber are getting the work at the vacant spot.
No RT Juwann Bushell-Beatty this week. He elected not to play in the Peach Bowl, per UM spokesman.— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) December 26, 2018
Andrew Stueber/Jalen Mayfield here working at tackle.
Stueber saw snaps at right tackle this season in every game but the Notre Dame game in 2018. He also started the Ohio State game and fared well against the Buckeyes. He will more than likely be the favorite to start the Peach Bowl.
Meanwhile, Mayfield has played at left tackle in three games this season — against Western Michigan, Nebraska and Maryland. He may get some playing time against the Florida Gators since he will preserve his redshirt no matter what.
Bushell-Beatty was named an All-Big Ten honorable mention by the coaches and media this year. He left the Indiana game early and never came back in. He also never played against OSU.
The fifth-year senior also accepted an invitation to participate in the East-West Shrine Game, which gives “top college players a chance to showcase their talents to NFL scouts and a national television audience,” according to its website. Michigan safety Tyree Kinnel will also play in the East-West Shrine Game.
Bushell-Beatty got his first real run on the offensive line in 2016, taking over at left tackle when Grant Newsome was injured. In 2017, he shifted to right tackle as Mason Cole took over the left side. He remained on the right side when new offensive line coach Ed Warinner came to town.
The fifth-year senior joins linebacker Devin Bush, defensive end Rashan Gary and running back Karan Higdon as players not participating on Saturday against Florida.