Michigan Wolverines football has been a program based on toughness and discipline since Brady Hoke took over for the not-so-popular ex-Wolverine coach Rich Rodriguez.
That was the case this past week as Hoke suspended three of his players from their Outback Bowl matchup against the South Carolina Gamecocks.
The reason for the suspension was not clear but Hoke said the players violated what Michigan football is about:
“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. These young men used poor judgment in each circumstance, and these suspensions are teaching moments for our team.”
The offenders of the team rules are starting cornerback J.T. Floyd, punter Will Hagerup and linebacker Brandin Hawthorne.
Floyd is the team’s second-year starter at cornerback and will miss his final game in a Michigan uniform as he is a senior. He has recorded 179 tackles, 18 pass breakups and three interceptions in his Wolverine career.
Hawthorne will also be missing his final game. The senior linebacker played primarily on special teams and recorded 63 career tackles and had one interception.
The one player that will be coming back next season is Hagerup, the punter. He was named the Big Ten‘s best punter this season, averaging 45 yards per punt. Although you would never think of a punter as a rule-breaker, this is the junior’s third time being suspended. He was suspended in 2010 for a game and for the first four games of 2011.
Brady Hoke is keeping his word, basing this program on toughness and discipline.