It wasn’t the most illustrious career by a Michigan State linebacker, but TyQuan Hammock provided depth at linebacker and seemed to be good to all of his teammates. He made everyone better and that’s what made him a solid teammate.
However, since the season has ended, Hammock has had a rough go of things.
The junior linebacker looked as if he was going to come back for his senior season, but his former high school athletic director told the Detroit Free Press that he did not expect Hammock to play in his final season of eligibility.
Then he was arrested on Feb. 9 and charged with operating while intoxicated and carrying a concealed weapon when he was pulled over on campus. The 22-year-old had a blood-alcohol level of .09 percent, exceeding the legal limit in Michigan, and he was carrying a pistol during the time of his arrest.
Although this is the case of a players’ well-being not his football career, this is still concerning to the program. Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio said on Monday night that Hammock was no longer apart of the team during the time of his arrest.
Why would he leave the team with one year of eligibility left? Dantonio told the media that it was due in large part of the soon-to-be-senior’s desire to focus on school and graduation. While this is a great reason to leave the team and make the program proud, Hammock took many steps backwards with his recent run-in with the law.
He plead guilty in court and will be sentenced Monday. Tough couple months for this Spartan linebacker.