It appears a previous report of Dennis Norfleet‘s status with Michigan has been exaggerated. After initial reports suggested Michigan dismissed Norfleet, now there are multiple reports saying Michigan has instead suspended the special teams star instead.
The conflicting reports come from Scout and ESPN. The reason for the suspension is still unknown, although ESPN‘s report backs up previous reports suggesting academic issues at play. Michigan representatives continue to say the issue is an internal manner.
The word that Norfleet had been dismissed by Michigan caught fire when his high school football coach, Dale Harvel, told MLive.com “Evidently he was dismissed from the team,” and “Dennis informed us he was no longer on the team.”
Norfleet had been playing multiple positions in spring practices in all three areas of the game — offense, defense and special teams. New head coach Jim Harbaugh had praised his versatility this spring as well and suggested Norfleet may even be able to play on all three units this season.