2013 Season Countdown: #95 Will Hagerup

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26May 2013
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2013 Season Countdown: #95 Will Hagerup

The only picture of Will Hagerup that really matters: the one with Erin Andrews.

Name: Will Hagerup
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 227 lbs.
High school: Milwaukee (WI) Whitefish Bay
Position: Punter
Class: Senior
Jersey number: #43
Last year: I ranked Hagerup #51 and said he would be the starting punter. He punted 33 times for 1,486 yards (45.0 yards/punt), 4 touchbacks, 4 fair catches, 3 punts inside the 20-yard line, 13 punts of 50+ yards, and a long of 62.

If you want to shake your head and/or laugh, click on that profile from last year’s countdown.  Much of the discussion was about whether he would get suspended or not (note: he was indeed suspended for the Outback Bowl against South Carolina).  But before the perennial suspension occurred, he kicked well enough to be the Big Ten’s best punter.  In some respects, it was even better than his outstanding freshman year.  When he was on the field, he was very reliable.

Unfortunately for everyone involved, the suspension for the bowl game shows a habitual disregard for the rules, and Brady Hoke instituted the Darryl Stonum Fifth Year Clause, which suspends Hagerup for the entirety of the 2013 season in an effort to clean up his act.  If he avoids troublesome issues (alleged to be marijuana), then he can return as a fifth year senior in 2014.  If he reverts to his old ways, he might find himself playing at a community college in Wisconsin.  For the sake of everyone, hopefully he finds a new path.

Prediction: Redshirt

25May 2013
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The 2013 Season Countdown is on the way

Where will Jake Ryan end up on the list?

The annual season countdown begins tomorrow morning. In case you’re new to the blog, I profile one player per day from the least important to the most.  For example, a player who is likely to redshirt will probably be very low on the list; the player Michigan can least afford to lose will be #1 on the list; a good player with a quality backup or two might get bumped down the list, since losing him might not impact the team in a significant way.

Remember that this will not be a list of the best players, but the most important  players.

You can see the 2012 Season Countdown here, along with the 2011 Countdown, the 2010 Countdown, and the 2009 Countdown.