Originally posted on Double Coverage Football  |  Last updated 12/17/12
With just over two weeks until they're due to take on South Carolina in the 2013 Outback Bowl, Michigan announced the suspensions of cornerback J.T. Floyd, punter Will Hagerup and linebacker Brandin Hawthorne on Sunday for violation of team rules. Hawthorne played sparingly at linebacker in 2011 and has mostly contributed on special teams this year, but the real loss for the Wolverines is the other two. As if taking on South Carolina wasn't going to be tough enough at full strength, now they'll have to do so without the Big Ten Punter of the Year and a starting cornerback. No specific details were released on the rules broken or if they were related or separate incidents that led to the suspensions. South Carolina doesn't rely on the pass game like Texas A&M or Arkansas, but they have one of the more potent passing attacks in the SEC. Connor Shaw has proven all year long that he can be very effective through the air. Michigan has the second ranked pass defense in the Big Ten,...
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