Posted on: August 23, 2011 5:28 pm
Edited on: August 23, 2011 5:29 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
The wide receiving corps at Michigan got a little thinner on Tuesday as junior wideout Je'Ron Stokes was granted his release from the football program, according to a spokesperson.
Stokes was a highly-regarded transfer from Tennessee who left the Volunteers when Phil Fulmer was fired, but his recruiting hype failed to translate into significant production on the field; Stokes had just one catch for 11 yards in all of the 2010 season (against Iowa, to be precise), and his 2009 campaign (two catches, 16 yards, all in the Delaware State game) was scarcely better.
Stokes' departure comes on the heels of fellow WR Darryl Stonum being suspended for the whole 2011 season by new head coach Brady Hoke, so after the top three wide receivers (Martavious Odoms, Roy Roundtree, Junior Hemingway), there isn't a whole lot of depth in the receiver corps right now. If Stokes is leaving this late in the process (rather than, say, spring or summer), though, it's probably the case that he wasn't in line to get much playing time, so his departure shouldn't be enough to make Michigan fans panic.
This, for the record, is the second departure from Michigan in as many days. Freshman offensive lineman Tony Posada departed on Monday, and while this doesn't exactly equate an exodus from Ann Arbor or any other major cause for concern, mgoblog correctly notes that it does mean there'll be something like 57 returning scholarship players next season for the Wolverines. Again, not terrible, but it does mean Michigan's going to need to hit its quota of 25 scholarships in the next recruiting class, then find a few more scholarship players (grayshirts, walk-ons, what have you) to get back to the 85 scholarship limit.
Posted on: June 10, 2011 1:34 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Posted on: May 7, 2011 3:34 pm
Edited on: May 8, 2011 11:41 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Michigan head coach Brady Hoke announced on Saturday that the team had suspended wide receiver Darryl Stonum indefinitely. However, in the school's official release, there was no reason given for Stonum's suspension.
“Darryl made a poor decision that is unacceptable and won’t be tolerated," said Hoke in the release. "He will be disciplined for behavior that is unbecoming of a Michigan football player. This is a serious situation, we are disappointed and any athletic department discipline will be handled internally. We will provide the appropriate support and counseling in order for him to learn and grow from this mistake. Darryl has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities. If he fulfills all of the commitments he has to the legal system and our program, we will make a determination regarding his return to the team.”
Exactly what the behavior is that led to the suspension isn't clear. According to the Detroit Free Press, an inquiry into the Ann Arbor Police Department showed no arrest of Stonum on Saturday. Though Stonum has had his run-ins with the law during his time at Michigan. During his freshman season Stonum was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, and did so on a suspended license to boot. He was suspended by Rich Rodriguez for a game following the arrest.
After being sentenced to probation following the arrest in 2009, Stonum violated his probation a few times. He missed multiple court dates and skipped random alcohol testing that was mandatory. All of which led to Stonum spending three days in jail in June of last year. Stonum did not have to serve any additonal punishment from Michigan thanks to his jail time, which Rich Rodriguez felt was punishment enough.
Stonum had 49 catches for 633 yards and 4 touchdowns for the Wolverines in 2010.
UPDATE: It was another DUI arrest that resulted in Stonum's suspension.
Posted on: December 7, 2010 1:33 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2010 2:55 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen
It doesn't happen all that often -- usually college football players are fully behind their coach come bowl-less hell or high water -- but occasionally when a head coach comes under fire, the lukewarm response from the players (or even more rarely, outright hostility, as in the case of Mike Leach at Texas Tech) gives away the fact that even they aren't really sold on the coach being retained.
Given their comments this week , it's safe to say the situation at Michigan with the beleagured Rich Rodriguez is not one of those times. Junior wideout Darryl Stonum:
"I love my coach ... I committed to Coach (Lloyd) Carr and Coach Rod came in. Coach Rod treats us like his own kids. Like Denard (Robinson) said in his MVP speech, we're all brothers and we're all family. I'd be pretty devastated if anything happened."That's one thing. But maybe the best indication of how badly the Wolverines want A.D Dave Brandon to keep Rodriguez at the helm is Ryan Van Bergen' s defense of his coach's now infamous Josh Groban -soundtracked appeal at the team banquet. Van Bergen:
Bear in mind that even Groban himself thought RichRod's banquet presentation went too far in the direction of corny. If his players are willing to not only look past but even embrace that kind of decision, give Rodriguez credit: they really will follow him anywhere. That won't do as much for him as beating Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl or, say, not losing quarterback commitments to Wake Forest, but it's something.
Posted on: September 18, 2010 1:39 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2010 3:32 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
They tried to warn us, they really did. Massachusetts defensive back Ke'mon Bailey said they were "about to shock the world," but I don't think there were many who took Bailey's threats all that seriously.
Well, we may be now. UMass currently trails Michigan 21-17 at halftime in the Big House.
The Wolverines may have a four-point lead at the moment, but things could be a lot worse. After trailing 10-7 in the second quarter, the Wolverines defense allowed the Minutemen to put together another long drive late, led by running back Jonathan Hernandez , to take a 17-7 lead with 1:17 left in the half.
Fortunately for the Wolverines, the wheels started to come off the UMass bandwagon shortly after that. Denard Robinson hit Darryl Stonum for a 66-yard touchdown pass on the Wolverines first play from scrimmage following Hernandez's second touchdown to cut the lead to 17-14. UMass got the ball back with a minute left, and was putting together a nice little drive when Jordan Kovacs stripped John Griffin of the football and Michigan recovered.
Robinson then led a quick five-play 55-yard touchdown drive in only 29 seconds, hitting Stonum for their second touchdown connection of the half, though this one was only 9 yards.
Robinson finished the half with 195 yards passing with two touchdowns and an interception, while picking up another 65 yards with his legs. Still, Michigan is going to have to find a way to stop Jonathan Hernandez in the second half, as the running back picked up 75 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries in the first half.
Whatever happens in the second half of this game, it's going to be a lot more interesting than anyone was expecting. Well, anyone but Ke'mon Bailey.
UPDATE: Michigan scored on their opening drive of the second half thanks to a 34-yard touchdown run from Michael Shaw. It's now 28-17 and the folks in Ann Arbor are breathing a bit easier.
UPDATE: Michigan would hold on to win -- barely -- by the score of 42-37. Can't imagine Rich Rodriguez will be all that happy with the effort of his defense in this game. Playing like that won't cut it once conference play begins.
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