According to reports on AnnArbor.com, former Michigan wide receiver Darryl Stonum will play out his remainining eligibility at Baylor University.
The ex- Wolverine is talented prospect on the field. He made 25 starts during his first three years at Michigan, accumulating over 1,000 receiving yards and 1,500 return yards. He was expected to be a starting wide reciever and kick returner this fall for Michigan.
His career there was derailed by several legal issues, including two DUIs. He spent 2011, his senior year, as a red shirt following those DUI arrests. He was kicked off the team in January following an arrest for driving without a license.
His absence leaves some question marks on the Wolverine’s offense. Behind Stonum on their depth chart are a handful of inexperienced players such as sophmore Jerald Robinson and freshmen Amara Darboh and Jehu Gesson. As none of those players have yet to catch a pass at this level, it’ll be a crucial area to watch as they prepare for the season.
Baylor, however will be adding a player that can contribute immediately. Stonum will be enrolled in a graduate program at Baylor, meaning he won’t have to sit out a year. Stonum should mesh well in an offense that a has produced a number NFL prospects at wide reciever, such as Kendall Wright and Josh Gordon.
The Bears currently have only seven wide receivers on their roster, and outside of Terrance Williams they don’t have much experience at the position. Stonum should project as a starter on their offense as soon as he arrives in Waco.
Stonum will have to show that he’s matured over the last several months. Following a rash of NFL players getting arrested for DUIs, teams will be wary of adding a player with off field troubles. But he stated on his twitter account today that “The past few months have been tough…but made (him) a better person”.
If that’s the case, Stonum should flourish this fall with Baylor, and should be a draft pick next April.