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Eddie Johnson drops down from ‘Canes to JUCO level

Eddie Johnson, Tyler Eifert, AP

When last we heard regarding Eddie Johnson‘s status in mid-March, the suspended Miami linebacker was no longer enrolled at the school and his future with the Hurricanes was very much in doubt.

A month later, the situation has been clarified and, as expected, Johnson’s immediate future does not involve play for The U.

Speaking to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, the head coach at Hinds Community College in Jackson, Miss., Gene Murphy, confirmed that Johnson has signed a letter of intent to play for the JUCO football program.  Murphy said he had not consulted with UM head coach Al Golden before accepting Johnson into his program.

In February of this year, Johnson was suspended indefinitely by Golden for an “accumulation of undisclosed issues.”  Johnson was also suspended for two games at the end of the 2012 season for unspecified violations of team rules.

“Like many kids who come into a junior college situation, this is a second chance,” Murphy told the Sun Sentinel. “It’s all about what he’s going to do with it.”

As a redshirt freshman last season, Johnson led the ‘Canes with 7.5 tackles for loss and finished fourth in tackles with 59 despite playing in just 10 games.  He started eight of those contests.

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3 Responses to “Eddie Johnson drops down from ‘Canes to JUCO level”
  1. bonerchamp says: Apr 17, 2013 11:23 PM

    Bummer. He had a great shot to be a very good player for the U. Depth at LB worries me a bit.

  2. addict2sport says: Apr 18, 2013 10:14 AM

    I didn’t realize kids signed LOIs with JCs

  3. 35longmiles says: Apr 19, 2013 11:18 AM

    UM’s all Boy Scout team will never win anything. Except maybe the highly coveted ACC Coastal Division “Title.” (contains laughter)

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