Six months after seeing his Michigan career come to an unceremonious end, Daryl Stonum is apparently ready to start anew in the Big 12.
In a series of tweets posted to his Twitter account Friday evening, the wide receiver “thank[ed] every1 for all the love n support throught [sic] my career” and that “I’m back… time to get back to work.” Included in that last tweet was a picture of the Baylor logo, an indication that the player is headed to the Bears.
Additionally, Stonum retweeted a story about his decision to play for Baylor as well as another tweet that welcomed him to the squad and said that “Coach [Art] Briles will put you in the right places to succeed.”
The school has yet to confirm Stonum’s decision to transfer to the Bears.
Stonum was dismissed from the Wolverines in mid-January, nearly two weeks after he was sentenced to 10 days in jail on a probation violation. Stonum’s probation stemmed from a DUI arrest back in May of last year. As part of his sentence, he was placed on two year’s probation and had his driver’s license stripped for at least a year. He was pulled over by Ann Arbor police for a traffic violation in early January, which triggered a violation of his probation and the jail sentence.
When not running into legal issues off the field, he was a force on it. Stonum, who was also linked to Eastern Michigan after his dismissal, had started 25 of the 36 games in which he played at Michigan as a member of its 2008 recruiting class. In 2010, he finished second on the Wolverines in receptions (49) and receiving yards (633), and his four receiving touchdowns were tied for second on the team as well.
He did not play at all in 2011, instead taking a redshirt for the season as he worked his way through his off-field situation.
As he has already graduated from Michigan, he will be eligible to play for the Bears immediately in 2012 as long as he enrolls in a grad program not offered at his former school.
LSU coach Les Miles is one of the more interesting figures in college football, as you all know.
To that point: He’s had the market cornered on Australian punters for the last six seasons. First it was Brad Wing — who was awesome, unlike the officiating in that video — in 2010 and 2011, then it was Jamie Keehn, who punted for LSU from 2012-2015.
But fear not, LSU has another Aussie punter this year in redshirt freshman Josh Growden. Take it away, Les:
I can only imagine Miles is referring to this when he said “speak Australian:”
Ohio State suspended wide receiver Torrance Gibson for the season, but the decision to ban the redshirt freshman didn’t come from coach Urban Meyer or the athletic department.
Meyer made that distinction known on Monday, via ESPN.com:
“It was not from the athletic department or football,” Meyer said during his weekly news conference Monday. “I disagree with it.”
Meyer didn’t provide any details on what transpired or what, if anything, could be done about it given his opposition to the discipline. Ohio State has not commented on the nature of the violation.
Gibson was suspended for a violation of Ohio State’s student code of conduct. He was previously suspended for a game during the 2015 season, a year in which he redshirted.
Georgia coach Kirby Smart said running back Nick Chubb, who tore his PCL last year in a gruesome injury, is 100 percent ready to go for the Bulldogs’ opener Saturday against North Carolina.
Smart said Chubb won’t be on a “pitch count,” confirming that the star running back won’t be limited at all in Week 1. His availability will be key for a Georgia offense that hasn’t named a starter yet, though could very well go with true freshman Jacob Eason over senior Greyson Lambert.
Chubb, who was injured Oct. 10 last year in Georgia’s loss to Tennessee, carried 92 times for 747 yards with seven touchdowns in 2015. The junior has 2,294 yards and 21 touchdowns to his name since exploding onto the national scene as a freshman in 2014.
Unlike his counterpart in Austin, Kansas State coach Bill Snyder revealed who his starting quarterback for Week 1 will be on today’s Big 12 teleconference.
Jesse Ertz, who started K-State’s season opener last year only to suffer a season-ending torn ACL on the first play of the game, will get the nod for the Wildcats’ opener at Stanford on Friday.
Ertz beat out Joe Huebner and Alex Denton to win the job back.
“In all reality, he’s been more consistent than the other two,” Snyder said.
K-State went 6-7 last year with Huebner as its quarterback and lost to Arkansas in the Liberty Bowl. Huebner completed 47.6 percent of his passes for 1,837 yards with nine touchdowns and 10 interceptions, and also rushed 180 times for 613 yards with 13 touchdowns.
Ertz, a former two-star recruit from Burlington, Iowa, hadn’t appeared in a college game before suffering that season-ending injury against South Dakota State last year.