Suspended for Minnesota’s bowl game, Andre McDonald then missed spring practice and left school for what was only described as “personal reasons.”
With the start of summer camp less than two months away, though, the wide receiver appears to be slowly emerging from his coach’s doghouse.
Speaking to the St. Paul Pioneer Press Thursday, Jerry Kill confirmed that McDonald is enrolled in summer school at UM and is working out (whether that’s with his teammates is unclear). While stopping far short of guaranteeing a return, the head coach said he’s “cautiously optimistic” the Gophers will have the talented receiver at their disposal once camp rolls around.
“I’m not going to tell everybody his situation,” Kill told the Pioneer Press. “But I will tell you that Andre is in summer school right now working out. I feel cautiously optimistic he’ll be ready to go.”
McDonald was a three-star member of the Gophers’ 2012 recruiting class, rated as the No. 3 player in the state of Minnesota that year. Plagued by a minor heart problem early in the year, McDonald played in eight games his true freshman season. He caught 10 passes for 121 yards before being suspended for the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas for a violation of unspecified team rules.
A little over two months after getting the boot from Syracuse, Ashton Broyld has found himself a new college football home.
Multiple outlets have picked up on the fact that Broyld is now playing for Div. II West Georgia. Broyld left the Orange listed as a running back, but is playing wide receiver according to the team’s official roster.
There was already a familiar face in the locker room upon Broyld’s arrival as Wayne Williams is playing defensive tackle for the Wolves. Williams announced in late June that he had decided to transfer out of Scott Shafer‘s ‘Cuse program.
“I checked in on them,” Shafer said of his two former players Thursday. “I’m happy to see those guys are still playing football.”
In 2013, Broyld led the team in both receptions (52) and receiving yards (452). Broyld was the Orange’s leading receiver through the first three games last season before a lower-leg injury caused him to miss eight of the last nine games.
In late July, Broyld was dismissed for violating unspecified team rules.
In the midst of reports that he had a physical altercation with one of his Tennessee players during summer camp this year, Butch Jones labeled the speculation “absolutely ridiculous.”
Apparently, his bosses agree with the head coach.
At a board meeting Thursday, UT-Knoxville chancellor Jimmy Cheek stated that he and athletic director Dave Hart had done their “due diligence” in investigating the accusations that Jones and senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder were involved in some type of physical skirmish during practice this past August. The end result of interviews with Jones, coaches and players was the conclusion that there was nothing to the reports and message-board rumors.
“There’s been a lot of rumor and misinformation on social media and message boards about an alleged incident during football practice,” Cheek said according to GoVols247.com‘s Wes Rucker. “It’s not our practice to respond to rumors, but I thought it was important to let you know that we’ve done our due diligence and Dave Hart and I are very confident there was no inappropriate conduct with any players or coaches.”
Shortly after Cheek spoke at the board meeting, Crowder took to Twitter with a series of missives that speaks around the issue.