Michigan quarterback/slot receiver Justin Feagin has been dismissed from the program, according to a statement released by Rich Rodriguez. The statement gave no indication of the reason for the dismissal, merely stating that it was a “violation of team rules.” Rumors are circulating that it’s a particular action, not a “he kept falling asleep in team meetings” sort of thing. I won’t speculate any further until those rumors turn into actual reports.
Anyway, Feagin was a late addition to the 2008 recruiting class, jumping on board only after Rodriguez took the helm. He needed a dual-threat quarterback, and Feagin wanted a shot to play quarterback instead of playing defensive back at a place like Miami. During the disastrous 2008 season, Feagin played sparingly at quarterback in relief of Nick Sheridan and Steve Threet, never being allowed to throw a pass. It boggled my mind that Rodriguez wouldn’t allow Feagin to throw the ball even once when Michigan was down against Ohio State, but it happened. Feagin made a seemingly permanent move to slot receiver once Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson hopped on board in the 2009 class, but he was almost surely destined for riding the bench behind Martavious Odoms, Terrence Robinson, and perhaps others.
Moving forward, Feagin is at least the twelfth player to be dismissed or transfer since Rodriguez’s arrival. Mallett, Boren, Hill, Babb, Chambers, McGuffie, Horn, Clemons, O’Neill, Wermers, and Threet are the others; Marcus Witherspoon enrolled at Rutgers, but technically, I don’t know that he was ever admitted to Michigan. Ten of those departures have occurred since the beginning of the 2008 season. I’m sure that frequency will dwindle, but as I’m sure we all know, a team can’t survive with 10 players leaving every year and a maximum of 25 incoming players per year. Something has to give.
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