Ann Arbor, MI – Michigan head coach Brady Hoke announced on Tuesday that wide receiver Darryl Stonum has been dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules.
"I love Darryl and wish him nothing but the absolute best," Hoke said. "However, there is a responsibility and a higher standard you must be accountable to as a University of Michigan football student-athlete. That does not and will not change. It's unfortunate because I believe he has grown a great deal as a person since the beginning of the season. My hope is that maturing process continues."
The return specialist Stonum set the single-season kickoff return mark in 2009 with 39 returns for 1,001 yards.
In 36 career games (25 starts), Stonum caught 76 passes for 1,008 yards and six touchdowns. Stonum redshirted the 2011 season.
"I appreciate everything the University of Michigan, Dave Brandon and Coach Hoke have done for me," Stonum said. "I look forward to continuing my football career down the road, but more importantly, right now I'm focused on graduating from Michigan this spring. I understand only I am responsible for my actions. I'm sad about how all of this turned out, but I completely understand. I love this school and my team and will miss them all greatly. But I'll always be a Wolverine. I know I have grown and matured as a person over the last nine months, and I will continue to learn and grow every day. I want to thank everyone for all of their support, and I hope they will support me in the future."