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December 16, 2012Michigan football senior cornerback J.T. Floyd, senior linebacker Brandin Hawthorne and junior punter Will Hagerup have been suspended for the Outback Bowl game against South Carolina for a violation of team rules and will not travel with the team, the athletic department confirmed Sunday.
"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," said Michigan football head coach Brady Hoke. "These young men used poor judgment in each circumstance, and these suspensions are teaching moments for our team."
Floyd and Hawthorne, then, have played their last games in Michigan uniforms. Floyd spoke recently of how much he was looking forward to playing a team from his home state in his last game. He started every game at corner this year and earned All-Big Ten honorable mention honors.
Nickelback Courtney Avery is likely to start in his place. Freshman return man Dennis Norfleet was recently moved to the position, as well, likely to provide depth.
"It's exciting for me. It's the life coming full circle," Floyd had said of playing South Carolina. "They were my first offer and it's my last collegiate game, so I'm blessed - and I get to play for the Maize and Blue."
Sophomore Matt Wile will likely fill in for Hagerup. Hagerup averaged a Big Ten-best 45.0 yards per attempt this as the Big Ten's punter of the year, but he's now facing his third suspension for violations of team rules, having missed six games overall.
Hawthorne, meanwhile, had been praised repeatedly by Hoke for his contributions on special teams.
South Carolina recently announced suspensions of its own in receiver D.L. Moore and offensive lineman Kyle Harris.