Michigan dismisses receiver Stonum

BY foxsports • January 17, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Darryl Stonum finally ran out of chances with the Michigan football program.

Stonum has been dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules, coach Brady Hoke announced Tuesday.

It's a setback entering next season for the Wolverines, who are already losing receivers Junior Hemingway, Martavious Odoms and Kelvin Grady.

The return of Stonum, who had been redshirted last season because of his off-the-field problems, was supposed to soften the blow of those losses, especially Hemingway.

The top returning receivers will be Roy Roudntree (19 catches for 355 yards, two touchdowns), Jeremy Gallon (31 receptions for 453 yards, three touchdowns), Drew Dileo (nine for 121 yards, two TDs) and Jeremy Jackson (three for 36 yards, no touchdowns).

For Stonum, the last strike comes after being sentenced earlier this month to 10 days in jail for violating his probation. He had been charged last summer with a second drunken-driving offense.

Hoke suspended Stonum for the 2011 season, but allowed him to continue practicing with the anticipation that he could earn his way back to play next season.

That's not going to happen now.

"I love Darryl and wish him nothing but the absolute best," Hoke said in a statement.

"However, there is a responsibility and a higher standard you must be accountable to as a University of Michigan football student-athlete.  That does not and will not change.

"It's unfortunate because I believe he has grown a great deal as a person since the beginning of the season. My hope is that maturing process continues."

Stonum, 21, made 25 starts in his first three seasons with the Wolverines. He caught 76 passes for 1,008 yards and six touchdowns and was also the team's top kick-return specialist.

"I appreciate everything the University of Michigan, (athletic director) Dave Brandon and Coach Hoke have done for me," Stonum said through a statement released through the university. "I look forward to continuing my football career down the road, but more importantly, right now I'm focused on graduating from Michigan this spring.

"I understand only I am responsible for my actions. I'm sad about how all of this turned out, but I completely understand.  I love this school and my team and will miss them all greatly.  But I'll always be a Wolverine.  I know I have grown and matured as a person over the last nine months, and I will continue to learn and grow every day."


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