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Darryl Stonum was expected to be Michigan's feature receiver this year, but Stonum couldn't stay out of trouble and was kicked off the team.
Darryl Stonum didn't play a down in 2011, because after a breakout year, catching 49 passes for 633 yards and four touchdowns in 2010, the Michigan receiver was arrested for the second time on suspicion on drunk driving and suspended indefinitely.
Stonum was a 4-star recruit and a top-50 player nationally, coming out of high school in 2008, and Michigan expected to have the star receiver back for 2012. Stonum practiced with the team during his suspension in 2011 and stayed out of trouble, but after being stopped for driving with a revoked license in January, Hoke dismissed him from the team.
He compiled 1,008 receiving yards in 36 career games, and had a Michigan single-season record, 1,001 return yards in 2009.
With the departure of receivers Kelvin Grady and Martavious Odoms, Stonum's presence would exponentially help the Wolverines and take pressure away from Roy Roundtree.
But after his release, Michigan has to replace Stonum with receivers-by-committee.
Jeremy Gallon will likely start as the Z receiver this season and will get some competition from 5'10'' junior Drew Dileo, and 4-star 2012 recruit Jehu Chesson.
Gallon, a 5'8'' redshirt junior, has been primarily a return specialist in his two seasons for Michigan. He only had four catches for 49 yards and a touchdown in his redshirt freshman year, and last season, added 31 catches for 453 yards and three touchdowns, mostly playing out of the slot.
Dileo is inexperienced with only 10 career catches for 124 yards, but caught two touchdowns last season, has very good hands and is a good fundamental route runner. He won't be a No. 1 receiver, but can turn into a very dependable third or fourth option for Michigan.
At 6'3'', Chesson comes in as the second-tallest receiver on Michigan's roster, but the incoming freshman didn't graduate high school early, and wasn't able to attend spring camp, which may hinder his progress.
But he's a talented recruit with speed and size, who turned down offers from Missouri, Oklahoma State and several Big Ten schools.
Chesson was a three-sport star in high school, which probably weighed on his 3-star recruiting status. But Chesson's high school coach said once he puts his mind solely on football, his potential is limitless.
“Like a lot of kids, he’s a three-sport kid, so he’s not exclusively into the one sport,” Ladue Horton Watkins football coach Mike Tarpey told Tim Sullivan of the Detroit Free Press. “Once he’s focused on the one sport, I think there will be a tremendous amount of growth there for him.”