After seeing no playing time through five games and being placed third on West Virginia’s depth chart, freshman quarterback Jeremy Johnson has decided to go another direction.
More specifically, a direction away from Morgantown.
In his weekly radio show, coach Bill Stewart said that lack of playing time and homesickness were factors in Johnson’s decision to leave the Mountaineers.
“There comes a point in life [when] the ‘I’ factor has to leave your thinking and I know its distance, but there is an ‘I’ factor there that you have to leave that thinking,” said Stewart. “There are a lot of young men for hundreds of years that have been overseas and would have liked to have a little bit of ‘I’ factor, but they didn’t use it, they stayed and did their job and they’re still doing that.”
Translation: Johnson was looking out for el numero uno. The Houston native was listed behind starter Geno Smith and fellow freshman Barry Brunetti from Memphis. Sophomore Coley White, younger brother of Pat White, will likely now be listed as the “emergency No. 3”. White switched from quarterback to receiver this season to get more playing time.
“I was just hurt by the fact that he [Johnson] just couldn’t stay until December and try it – try a semester in Morgantown – but when you get discouraged when you’re 12 – 15 hundred miles away from home, you’re not playing, you’re not going to play.”
Stewart didn’t give details about what Johnson will do next. The freshman threatened to leave the program before the season started, saying on Facebook that he was transferring to Baylor, but then later retracted the statement.
Back on September 10, it was announced that Jim Harbaugh had dismissed Logan Tuley-Tillman for “conduct unacceptable for a Michigan student-athlete.” Now we know what that unacceptable conduct was. Allegedly.
Wednesday morning, mlive.com is reporting, Tuley-Tillman was charged with three felonies stemming from a Sept. 4 incident in which he’s accused of filming a sex act with a woman without her knowledge. Tuley-Tillman was officially charged with two counts of capturing/distributing an image of an unclothed person and one count of using a computer to commit a crime.
From the report:
Capturing/distributing an image of an unclothed person is punishable by up to two years in prison, a fine of no more than $2,000, or both. Using a computer to commit a crime, in this case, would be punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a fine of no more than $5,000, or both.
The incident occurred in the 300 block of Catherine Street Sept. 4. Tuley-Tillman is accused of filming a portion of a sexual encounter with a woman without her knowledge and then transmitting it to his personal device without her permission, according to Ann Arbor police.
Tuley-Tillman was a four-star member of Brady Hoke‘s second-to-last UM recruiting class, rated as the No. 24 offensive tackle in the country and the No. 7 player at any position in the state of Illinois. He played in one game as a redshirt freshman last season, the season opener against Appalachian State.
This season, he had been listed as the No. 2 left tackle and played in the 2015 opener.
One of the most talented players on the defensive side of the ball not only in the Big 12 but in the country has seen his season come to an abrupt end.
West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen announced Tuesday that Karl Joseph will miss the remainder of the 2015 season because of an injury to his right knee. The hard-hitting safety sustained the injury in a non-contact drill during practice Tuesday.
The injury also marks the end of Joseph’s collegiate playing career as he’s off to the NFL next spring.
“I am devastated and heartbroken for Karl,” Holgorsen said in a statement. “He is a young man who has given everything he has to our football program and University over the past four years and who elected to return to WVU for his senior season to earn his degree and to be a part of something special with this team. He exemplifies what it means to be a Mountaineer. Karl is an All-American, a fierce competitor, a leader and I know he will have a full recovery, and I can’t wait to watch him on Sundays next fall.”
Joseph started all 42 games in which he played for the Mountaineers. He was first-team All-Big 12 last season, and his name littered numerous preseason All-American teams this year.
“I want to thank my teammates and my coaches for their outpouring of support,” Joseph said. “This has been difficult for me and my family but I know I will come through this stronger than ever. I will forever be a Mountaineer and will be cheering on our team every step of the way.”