Former Michigan Wolverines return specialist Dennis Norfleet has officially joined the Division II Tuskegee Golden Tigers. Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com reported Norfleet’s transfer.
The move comes a few months after Norfleet was at first thought to have been dismissed from Michigan, but it turned out he was just on suspension for academic reasons. The saga continued last month when Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said that there was “a plan in place” for Norfleet to return to the team, but he was also given permission to speak to Tuskegee about a potential transfer. It now appears that Norfleet, for reasons that are his own, chose the latter option.
Norfleet will be eligible to play immediately this season since Tuskegee is a Division II program, and the team is getting a phenomenal special teams player at Michigan’s expense. In three years with the Wolverines, Norfleet returned 94 kickoffs for 2,203 yards and 15 punts for 90 yards. He also had 21 receptions for 157 yards and 130 rush yards on 15 carries. Needless to say, the man’s speed and size at 5-foot-7, 169 pounds helps his versatility.
With his departure, Michigan will now have to roll the dice on other players to get the best out of special teams.
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