Dennis Norfleet, Michigan’s all-time leader in kick return yards, is reportedly no longer with the program.
Norfleet’s high school coach told MLive.com on Tuesday that Norfleet was dismissed by head coach Jim Harbaugh.
“Evidently he was dismissed from the team. Dennis informed us he was no longer on the team,” Martin Luther King High School coach Dale Harvel said. “Something about a disciplinary thing between him and coach Harbaugh. Whether it was academics or something internal, I’m not sure. He just said they had a disagreement and he was let go.”
The program has not confirmed Norfleet’s apparent dismissal, but told local reporters that the situation “is an internal matter.”
The 5-foot-7, 168-pound Norfleet caught 21 passes for 157 yards and rushed for 130 yards on 15 carries during his Michigan career, but made the most of his impact in the return game. He is first in program history in total kickoff returns (94) and kickoff return yards (2,203) – a 23.4-yard average.
Norfleet, who will be a senior in 2015, was popular among UM fans for pumping the crowd up before kick returns.
Norfleet saw time at cornerback during the spring and Harbaugh mentioned the possibility of Norfleet being a “three-way player” for the Wolverines on “offense, defense and special teams.”
Now, Harvel said Norfleet’s focus turns to finishing his degree before worrying about finishing his football career.
"His main concern right now, he's been up there going on four years, is getting his degree -- whether it be from Michigan or any other institution," Harvel told MLive. "He was disappointed. But if you've been following him, he's basically done nothing but return kicks there. He understood what his role was there at Michigan."
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