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Michigan’s All-B1G punter reinstated, will sit out 2013 season

Will Hagerup

There’s good news and bad news on the Will Hagerup front for Michigan.

The good news is that the punter has been reinstated to the Wolverines football program by head coach Brady Hoke.  Suspended since the days leading up to the Outback Bowl for violating unspecified team rules, Hagerup will be allowed to return for voluntary summer workouts and team functions.

“The past five months have been an incredible, humbling time for me,” said Hagerup in a portion of his statement released through the school. “I understand my actions represent every person that supports me, as well as any man who has worn a Michigan jersey the past 133 years. My dad always says that character is how you act when no one is watching. In retrospect, I needed to take a big step in the character department, and I’m excited in the progress I’ve made in the last five months.”

The bad news, though, is that Michigan also announced that Hagerup will not play during the 2013 season.  He will be permitted to practice with his teammates beginning in summer camp and throughout the season, provided there’s not another misstep of course.

Hagerup will have one season of eligibility remaining in 2014.

“I want to thank coach Hoke, [athletic director] Dave Brandon, [director of athletic counseling] Greg Harden and all of my teammates who have supported me and always made time for me in their busy schedules, even when it looked like I may not ever play here again. They have given me a new opportunity to become the Michigan Man I always wanted to be and I plan on taking advantage of that second chance. That said — I realize everyone needs to see my actions, not simply hear about them.”

In 2012, Hagerup led the Big Ten in punting and was named the conference’s punter of the year.  His 45.0 yards per punt average was good for No. 11 in the country.

With Hagerup out, junior Matt Wile is expected to take over as UM’s punter.

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8 Responses to “Michigan’s All-B1G punter reinstated, will sit out 2013 season”
  1. mydixienormus says: May 7, 2013 2:30 PM

    What does a punter have to do to get the boot for an entire season?

    He must have been a baaaaad boy…

  2. BrownsTown says: May 7, 2013 2:32 PM

    Too bad since they’ll need a punter quite a bit on November 30th.

  3. scoocha says: May 8, 2013 12:00 AM

    They certainly will. And then the Buckeyes victory will be voided by an Urban Meyer cheating scandal in 2016.
    At least the Michigan UGs, MBAs, and JDs will have jobs come July/September.

  4. pryor4heisman says: May 8, 2013 9:32 AM

    These are the ONLY headlines meeechigan makes nowadays. What a pathetic university.

    No wonder Harbaugh and Miles turned these jokers down.

  5. polegojim says: May 8, 2013 11:22 AM

    BrownsTown… punting is cool as long as the final score reads Michigan Win!!!

    By 1 point or 10, makes no difference in this rivalry.

    Holy bucknut dude… at least get one other nationally ranked team in the schedule before it goes all B1G.

    Michigan will have scheduled Alabama and Notre Dame… what about OSU? Hiding behind Buffalo, Connecticut, Florida AM, and those wicked Golden Bears is weak… although OSU struggled with Cal last year.

  6. cbass59 says: May 8, 2013 12:31 PM

    OSU didn’t struggle with michigan last year.

    Get over it um fans. The domination that was briefly interrupted during the 6-7 season will now continue. Fat Joke is no match for Urban. Our rival is Alabama.

    What has it been 8 of the last 9? Who can keep track with all the wins. By the time Urban retires OSU will have the series lead that um built up with all those wins in the 1930s. That’s right, um may have the all time record but OSU leads in games played during out lifetimes, and over the last decade.

    Guess you’ll have to find another Ohio coach to lead you like Bo. We all know how non-Ohio coaches work for you guys.

  7. pinchegringo12 says: May 8, 2013 2:59 PM

    Alabamas rival is Ohio state…might want to tell then that. Does alabama even have a rival right now? On paper it’s auburn…

  8. polegojim says: May 9, 2013 6:41 PM

    CBass … dream on… OSU’s rival will be Alabama… when you don’t struggle to beat teams like California.

    12-0 with a HUGE asterisk. Try a manly schedule.

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