The Michigan Wolverines are going to enter their Outback Bowl Game on January 1 a bit short handed against the South Carolina Gamecocks, following the suspensions of three players for bowl game, including a pair of starters.
The Wolverines have suspended starting cornerback J.T. Floyd, starting punter Will Hagerup and linebacker Brandin Hawthorne for the New Year’s Day Outback Bowl against the Gamecocks due to what is simply being called a violation team rules. Specifics have not been released.
“It is an honor to play football for the University of Michigan and we have high standards and expectations for everyone that represents our program,” Michigan coach Brady Hoke said in a statement. “These young men used poor judgment in each circumstance, and these suspensions are teaching moments for our team.”
That means that Floyd and Hawthorne have already taken their last snaps as members of the Michigan football team, as their careers have officially ended on quite the sour note. Floyd was a starter in the Michigan defensive secondary for the past two season, intercepting three passes and breaking up another 18 during his time with the Wolverines.
Hawthorne ends his career as a reserve linebacker who also saw some time on special teams.
For Hagerup, it will remain to be seen if he will return to Michigan next season. He is a junior who was just named the Big 10 Punter of the Year in 2012, averaging over 45 yards per punt on the season. But while he has a year of eligibility remaining, it is the third time that Hagerup has been suspended by the Wolverines. He was forced to miss the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2010, as well as the first four games of the 2011 season. With another suspension, regardless of how talented of a punter he is, Hole and Michigan may be ready to move on from Hagerup on special teams.
The 8-4 Wolverines will take on the 10-2 Gamecocks at 1 PM in Tampa in the January 1 Outback Bowl.