17. January 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: 2011

Bummer, but not surprised after the recent incident.  And this might be a first, includes a (very nice) statement from the guy being dismissed.  Via U-M media relations:

Wide Receiver Darryl Stonum Dismissed from U-M Football Team

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – University of Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke announced on Tuesday (Jan. 17) that wide receiver Darryl Stonum has been dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules.

“I love Darryl and wish him nothing but the absolute best,” Hoke said.  “However, there is a responsibility and a higher standard you must be accountable to as a University of Michigan football student-athlete.  That does not and will not change.  It’s unfortunate because I believe he has grown a great deal as a person since the beginning of the season. My hope is that maturing process continues.”

Stonum started 25 of 36 career games at U-M, catching 76 passes for 1,008 yards and six touchdowns.  He also returned 62 kickoffs for 1,538 yards and holds the single-season kickoff return mark with 39 returns for 1,001 yards in 2009.  Stonum redshirted in 2011.

“I appreciate everything the University of Michigan, Dave Brandon and Coach Hoke have done for me,” said Stonum.  “I look forward to continuing my football career down the road, but more importantly, right now I’m focused on graduating from Michigan this Spring.  I understand only I am responsible for my actions. I’m sad about how all of this turned out, but I completely understand.  I love this school and my team and will miss them all greatly.  But I’ll always be a Wolverine.  I know I have grown and matured as a person over the last nine months, and I will continue to learn and grow every day.  I want to thank everyone for all of their support, and I hope they will support me in the future.”

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