Daryl Stonum seemed to genuinely want to be a Michigan Wolverine based on the things he said as he served a year suspension for a DUI, but he didn't quite act like it after he violated his probation a few weeks ago.
Now, Stonum has been dismissed from the program , leaving a huge hole at the outside receiver position for the Wolverines.
It's not so much that Michigan doesn't have enough receivers with experience and talent that will be the problem in 2012, it's that the Wolverines don't have anyone on the roster who can fill the Texas native's shoes this coming season.
Stonum had the deep speed to extend the field and keep the defensive backs from cheating too much on underneath routes as they may be able to do much more easily now. On top of that, he was also an explosive return man.
The Wolverines couldn't get much going at all against an athletic Virginia Tech defense in the Sugar Bowl except for a couple big passing plays to Junior Hemingway, their deep man in 2011, and it's fair to wonder now where those plays will come from against teams like Alabama, Ohio State and others this time around without Stonum in the fold.
Roy Roundtree will hold down one of the outside spots but he is a possession guy for the most part, and the other candidates for the second outside spot included Jerald Robinson, Jeremy Jackson or maybe the undersized Jeremy Gallon. Robinson and Jackson don't have the deep speed Michigan needs, Gallon is probably too small to play outside full time, and the freshmen aren't quite cut out to replace Stonum it seems. Drew Dileo is a quality talent but also more of a slot guy.
The Michigan offense will still be solid, but a lot of things could change without players who can stretch the field vertically as Stonum would have and Hemingway did.
Luckily for Michigan, they have a whole offseason knowing Stonum won't be there to figure out what to do next.
Nick Meyer is a lifelong Michigan fan from metro Detroit.
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