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Starting corner among three Wolverines suspended for bowl

J.T. Floyd, Tajae Sharpe AP

Saturday, head coach Steve Spurrier announced that a pair of players, including wide receiver D.L. Moore, would not play in the Outback Bowl due to violating unspecified team rules.

A day later, the Gamecocks’ opponent has one-upped them in the suspension department.

Michigan announced via a press release that cornerback J.T. Floyd (no relation), linebacker Brandin Hawthorne and punter Will Hagerup have been suspended for the bowl game.  As is ofttimes the case, “a violation of team rules” was cited as the reason.

“It is an honor to play football for the University of Michigan, and we have high standards and expectations for everyone that represents our program,” head coach Brady Hoke said in a statement. “These young men used poor judgment in each circumstance, and these suspensions are teaching moments for our team.”

The loss of Floyd is the most significant of the three as started all 12 games for the Wolverines in 2012 at one of the corner slots.  Floyd earned second-team All-Big Ten honors.

Hagerup is UM’s starting punter so that will have an impact on special teams — he led the conference in punting — while Hawthorne played in 12 games, mainly on special teams.

As both Floyd and Hawthorne are seniors, their collegiate careers have come to an abrupt end.

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13 Responses to “Starting corner among three Wolverines suspended for bowl”
  1. kiopta1 says: Dec 16, 2012 3:50 PM

    Foolish players.

  2. floridacock says: Dec 16, 2012 3:58 PM

    Never seem to learn,. The leash is much, much shorter for them than the general student body. Has to be.

  3. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Dec 16, 2012 4:44 PM

    Brady Hoke deserves a pat on the back.
    These kids need to learn that it’s a privilege to participate in college athletics.
    I remember that sweater vest wearing coach from ohio lobbied for his kids to play in their bowl game. Kind of came back to bite them didn’t it?

  4. igottz5onit says: Dec 16, 2012 5:13 PM

    And an already lopsided bowl gets more lopsided…

  5. scalpemseminoles says: Dec 16, 2012 5:15 PM

    Who are the wolverines?

  6. blitz4848 says: Dec 16, 2012 7:11 PM

    There will be MANY more suspensions in the next week as the semester grades are processed.

    Every year dozens are suspended before bowl games and mostly because of eligibilty.

    Here come the down thumbs but THE FACT IS the B1G 10 will be LUCKY to win ANY bowl game!!!!!

  7. polegojim says: Dec 17, 2012 12:18 AM

    Good job Coach Hoke…

    Go BLUE!

  8. tuscaloosaguy says: Dec 17, 2012 1:36 AM

    Quite possible, Michigan will be “bookended” by SEC teams to start and end their season.

  9. jtdesan says: Dec 17, 2012 6:44 AM

    Well at least the “vest” won a Championship and beat the Yellow Pants 9 out of 10! And now with Urban the dominance will continue.

    And, UM’s fat ass coach needs to learn that this isn’t Ball State or San Diego State…

    Hoke surely didn’t want to suspend those Players, he was forced to by the Admin. If he had his way he would have ignored it..just like the Vest!

  10. dumbpollack says: Dec 17, 2012 7:21 AM

    Seems like a little or a lot of the shine has come off the “fat man” this year. Losing all his big games this year and now this? He’ll be on the hot dog eating contest circuit in two years!!!!!!!

  11. florida727 says: Dec 17, 2012 7:35 AM

    JT, have to disagree with you on one point: I think the most significant suspension is to their punter. Special teams typically play such an important role in a game, that I think this one matters most. According to the CFT Predictions page for bowl games, this one is only a 4-and-a-half point spread. In games projected to be that close, turnovers and field position often play critical roles in the outcome. Factor in that this kid was not only A punter, but the conference’s BEST punter, and it has the makings of a game-changer. Time will tell…

  12. adk77 says: Dec 17, 2012 1:19 PM

    never heard of any of them

  13. cfballfan1 says: Dec 17, 2012 3:01 PM

    I respect that move out of Hokey – Pokey unlike Nebraska coach who started his CB in a game just days after he got busted for DUI.

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