After missing the broadcast of Week 3’s Oklahoma vs. Nebraska game due to sickness, college football commentator Gus Johnson will be on the call for Saturday’s Maryland vs. Michigan matchup. According to a tweet sent by Johnson’s color commentator, Joel Klatt, on Monday, Johnson will be in attendance in Ann Arbor for the Week 4 game between the Terrapins and Wolverines.
“Can’t wait to be in the Big House this week!” Tweeted Klatt. On FOX, Gus, Jenny Taft, and I will be calling the action as Michigan takes on Maryland. On Monday, October 1st, (we are) traveling to a destination I like. We plan to attend the Iowa vs. Michigan game at Kinnick Stadium.
— Joel Klatt (@joelklatt) September 19, 2022
It is to be assumed that Johnson will be back in the booth for Week 4. In a tweet on Saturday, Klatt said, “Gus is doing well and already looking forward to next week” after Johnson missed the second half of the broadcast in Lincoln as the Sooners and Huskers fought it out.
Early in the third quarter, Klatt stated that Johnson had become unwell and would not be calling the rest of the game. After Johnson left the broadcast booth, Brady Quinn, who was already at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln for pre-game and halftime show responsibilities, stepped in to give Klatt a color commentator. Former three-time college football national champion coach Urban Meyer, who returned to broadcasting this fall, joined the broadcast in the second half.
For those of you who are just tuning in: “Gus is doing okay; he’s just very much under the weather,” Klatt assured us. “In the second half, he’s leaving the field. With Brady and Jenny (Taft) sitting on the bench, I’ll be the one to take you the rest of the way. At some point during Big Noon on Saturday, Coach (Urban) Meyer will join us, and we will continue our discussion of this historic rivalry and the future of these two teams.”
Michigan is currently 3-0 following routs over Colorado State, Hawaii, and UConn, and hopes to extend their perfect streak with Johnson’s return. The Wolverines are playing their fourth consecutive home game to open the season as they look to defend their Big Ten title and return to the College Football Playoff this winter in year eight under head coach Jim Harbaugh. After Harbaugh handed both J.J. McCarthy and incumbent starter Cade McNamara starts in Michigan’s first two games, it became clear that McCarthy would be the starting quarterback going forward.
When Michigan faces Maryland on Saturday, they will be looking to extend their winning streak to six games. After joining the Big Ten in 2014, the Wolverines have been a consistent threat for the Maryland Terrapins, but the Terrapins have only won once since then.
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