Michigan: All-Big Ten punter Will Hagerup reinstated; Will sit out 2013
[dropcap]M[/dropcap]ichigan coach Brady Hoke has reinstated All-Big Ten punter Will Hagerup.
Hagerup, suspended for an unspecified team rules violation in the before the Outback Bowl, will return for voluntary summer workouts and participate in team functions, but will sit out the 2013 campaign.
The Milwaukee, Wisc. native will use 2013 as a redshirt season and have one season of eligibility remaining when he returns to the field in 2014.
“Getting back around his teammates is an important step in this process,” said Hoke. “Will and I have had several discussions over the past five months, none of which have been about football. Our primary concern has been for him as a person, and that will not change.
“Will is a part of our family, and we will continue to offer the resources to help him learn and grow. I am pleased with his progress to this point, and he knows that must continue every day moving forward.”
With Hagerup out, junior Matt Wile is expected to take over Michigan’s punting duties next season.
In 2012, Hagerup led the Big Ten and was No. 11 in the nation with a 45.0 yard per punt average. He was named the conference’s punter of the year.
“The past five months have been an incredible, humbling time for me,” Hagerup said in statement released through the school. “I understand my actions represent every person that supports me, as well as any man who has worn a Michigan jersey the past 133 years.
“My dad always says that character is how you act when no one is watching. In retrospect, I needed to take a big step in the character department, and I’m excited in the progress I’ve made in the last five months.”
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