Since Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges arrived at Michigan with plans for a pro-style offense that would emphasize throwing to outside receivers instead of slot receivers like former coach Rich Rodriguez's system, two receivers were likely going to benefit the most: Junior Hemingway and Darryl Stonum.
Now, after Hemingway's graduation and Stonum's dismissal from Michigan on Tuesday for violation of team rules, the Wolverines will have neither of them.
Michigan expected Hemingway not to be here next season, but when Michigan coach Brady Hoke suspended and then decided to redshirt Stonum this season, it was expected he'd return as the Wolverines' top outside receiver in 2012. However, when he decided to drive to his probation appointment on a revoked license and then lied about it, resulting in a 10-day jail term, it all but sealed his fate.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Stonum caught 76 passes for 1,008 yards and six touchdowns in his career.
The Wolverines now have one less viable option at receiver. Michigan will likely lean more on senior Roy Roundtree and junior Jeremy Gallon, but neither has the combination of speed and size that Stonum brought. Expect, too, playing time to open up for junior Jeremy Jackson, redshirt sophomore Jerald Robinson and perhaps one of the Michigan commits for 2012, Amara Darboh or Jehu Chesson.
Kick returner becomes another interesting proposition. The Wolverines lost top returner Martavious Odoms to graduation, and Stonum could have slid into that role as well. Now, Michigan will likely look to Gallon or an open competition.
This was, though, something that needed to happen. Even Stonum acknowledged it in his statement released by the university, where he said, "I'm sad about how all of this turned out, but I completely understand."
When he was sentenced to his latest 10-day jail term, the sentencing judge, Charles Pope, even told Stonum that he was responsible for putting himself on this path and his decisions landed him in this spot.
Now, Stonum will have a chance to get his life in order, but for the time being football will not be a part of it following two drunken driving arrests and two probation violations that landed him with a combined 13 days in jail.