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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Suspensions for 2011 Football Season

The Detroit Free Press just reported that 3 players have earned suspensions during the 2011 season. Here are the players and lengths:

Darryl Stonum - 2011 season (red shirt)

This suspension was in regards to his DUI arrest in early May. At the time, Hoke and the Michigan staff had not selected a specific length or time of the punishment, but today they released the details.

In a release from the Michigan coaching staff, Hoke stated that, "While it would be great to have Darryl on the field this season, we feel it is in his best interest and the best interest of our program for him to red shirt, Darryl will continue to be an important part of our team and family. He has done everything we have asked him to do, but our number one priority is to help Darryl grow as a person."

Will Hagerup - 4 Games

Will Hagerup also received a lengthy suspension for the 2011 season. This is quite significant since Hagerup was perhaps Michigan's one "sure" player on special teams. Hagerup averaged 43.6 yards in his 33 punts in 2010 and had an extremely long punt of 72 yards.

Hagerup seems to be involved in some activity that his causing him problems with the coaching staff. He was suspended at the end of the 2010 season for a "violation of team rules" in the Ohio State and Mississippi State games.

Terrance Robinson - 1 Game

Terrance was also suspended for a "violation of team rules". Though the details were not detailed in either his or Hagerup's suspension. Hoke stated that, "In order to build a championship-caliber culture, you have to be accountable to each other on and off the field, there are expectations at the University of Michigan you must live up to."

These suspensions are quite unfortunate and cast the entire team under a dark shadow, but hopefully they will allow internal development that will prepare these players to truly be the Leaders and the Best.