Michigan's Jordan Kovacs to play

Michigan safety Jordan Kovacs will return to the lineup Saturday at Iowa after missing last week's Purdue game with a knee injury.

Kovacs led the team with three sacks and was third on the team with 42 tackles heading into last week's game. The redshirt junior was named one of 20 quarterfinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, which is awarded to college football's defensive player of the year for his play and character.

Michigan started cornerback Troy Woolfolk at safety last week in place of Kovacs. Safety Carvin Johnson left the team earlier this week.

The Wolverines will likely need help in the secondary against the passing attack led by Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg and receiver Marvin McNutt.