Ex-Michigan receiver Darryl Stonum responds to dismissal, indicates he'll transfer
Ousted Michigan football player Darryl Stonum is indicating he plans to transfer to play out his final year of eligibility.
The senior receiver was kicked off the team Tuesday for a violation of team rules. The school did not specify Stonum's infraction, although it's believed to be his latest probation violation and 10-day jail sentence.
He is on probation after being arrested last year on a drunken driving charge, the second of his career, and has a history of probation violations.
Stonum, who redshirted this past season and was expected to play next year for Michigan, responded Wednesday via Twitter.
"No matter where I go and colors I put on ill always bleed MAIZE n BLUE."
Stonum, from Denton, Texas, made 25 starts in his first three seasons. He finishes his career with 76 catches for 1,008 yards and six touchdowns. He also returned 62 kickoffs for 1,538 yards.
He was expected to be a big piece to next year's team, especially with the loss of top receiver Junior Hemingway and kick returner Martavious Odoms.
"I love Darryl and wish him nothing but the absolute best," Michigan coach Brady Hoke said in the release Tuesday. "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."
Kyle Meinke covers Michigan football for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached at 734-623-2588, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and followed on Twitter @kmeinke.
Fri, Jan 20, 2012 : 1:44 a.m.
Thanks for THE great memorys THE best TO you.
Thu, Jan 19, 2012 : 9:58 p.m.
It's hard to feel sorry for someone like this when he's thrown away a free education at a top-notch school and the potential to make it to the next level as a professional athlete. I wish you the best of luck, but sadly you made your bed and you have to lay in it now.
Thu, Jan 19, 2012 : 8:07 p.m.
The first step to becoming a man. Facing up to your actions. He may just be what Charles Barkley isn't....A roll model
Wed, Jan 18, 2012 : 11:36 p.m.
Take it as a learning experience because life in general is going to have a lot of ups and downs. You have another opportunity to make your mark on another campus unlike what Tate has done. I would make the best of it. Drinking and driving is taken very serious. Go to a school out West or in the South. Do something different and make the best of it. It will help you grow.
Wed, Jan 18, 2012 : 11:01 p.m.
Darryl will be missed here, but Hoke made the right decision. I hope Stonum gets his degree first and foremost. Then, I hope he finds a program where he can maximize his chances of getting to the NFL, if that's his goal. In any case, thanks to you Darryl for your contributions to the Michigan program and good luck to you!
Wed, Jan 18, 2012 : 10:41 p.m.
Kudos to the Michigan coaching staff. This was the right decision to make for the University and for this young man. UofM has to make a stand and practice what they preach. I believe that deep down Mr. Stonum is a good individual that just needs to get his life straightened around. This is a great opportunity to start fresh. Hope he stays away from those schools that would let him do whatever he wants and still play football.
Wed, Jan 18, 2012 : 10:22 p.m.
Don't be surprised if Darryl Stomun ends up at U-AZ to play one season under Rich Rod... just my own opinion. I wish him the best and am glad he will get his degree from Michigan. Transferring and playing somewhere else does give him incentive to stay out of trouble.
Thu, Jan 19, 2012 : 4:44 a.m.
Umm, wouldn't a wide receiver want to go to a place where they run a system in which they throw the ball?
Wed, Jan 18, 2012 : 11:12 p.m.
I highly doubt Stonum will play for him but who knows.
Wed, Jan 18, 2012 : 9:48 p.m.
Darryl: I hope you are reading this. You may have experienced set backs and disappointments, and at times you might feel like giving up. But I sincerely hope you do not. The mistakes you have made in the past do not define who you are now or who you will be in the future. You have an opportunity to finish college and make something of yourself, and I hope you take that challenge and give it everything you've got. You have a bright future ahead of you if you put your mind to it, and your nose to the grindstone. No one can do it but you. Go out there and make yourself, your family, and your former teammates proud of you. I wish you the best of luck, and I hope you stay on track. Stay strong. Love, Ann Arbor.
Wed, Jan 18, 2012 : 10:17 p.m.
townieA2-very beautiful. Thanks. This is what people in Ann Arbor used to be about. If you sign your name as a "townie" then you know what I'm talking about. Thanks again from those who knows and knew Ann Arbor.
Wed, Jan 18, 2012 : 9:44 p.m.
AnnArbor.com, Why do you have such as nice picture of Darryl Stonum and the booking photo of Dr. Weinblatt? Seems like both should be the startled/disheveled arrest photo or both should be the stock studio photo.
Thu, Jan 19, 2012 : 3:01 p.m.
You are absolutely right. aa.com needs to get their policy straight on this.
Thu, Jan 19, 2012 : 1:53 p.m.
Get real. One is a kid trying to pull it together the other is not.
Thu, Jan 19, 2012 : 2:37 a.m.
Answers: 1) One is a UM football player 2) One is from a "protected" race, and the other is not 3) AnnArbor.com doesn't like medical doctors
Wed, Jan 18, 2012 : 9:41 p.m.
Good luck Daryl! On another note It was great to see COACH Carr on the bench and D.Rob in the student section last night at Crysler. I sure enjoyed being there! Back to the trivia contest for a trip to the NFL combine. Question 5- Day-5 Match the former or current MEEEEEANchigan COACH (or coach) with the correct quote below. 1. COACH Carr 2.COACH BIG AL 3.COACH Hoke 4. COACH Mattison 5. coach Rodriguez a."Why would you ask a stupid question like that!" b."We haven't had the ball very much. Otherwise we would score more points" c."WELLLLLLL you know....." d."For lunch my menu is kinda large-5 hamburgers, 3 shishkabarbs." e."Improvement comes easy when you're rated 132nd!" Winners and answers will be posted tomorrow.
Wed, Jan 18, 2012 : 10:30 p.m.
Too funny Ditto LHCarr's answer
Wed, Jan 18, 2012 : 10:01 p.m.
a. LHCarr b. Rodriguez c. Hoke d. Big Al e. Mattison