I learned earlier today from a source close to UM football that running back Joe Yearby, who so badly wanted to show what he could do on the field in the spring game, has been suspended for the spring game for violation of team rules. Also suspended: walk-on quarterback Isaac Hoza.
UM confirmed the news.
I was told by two sources, but not by UM, that Yearby was suspended for breaking curfew last night. Curfew was around 1030 p.m.
Yearby apparently said he was with his baby daughter, who I found out after the scrimmage was born sometime this winter -- not within the past few days.
I feel for him, because he's a hard-working kid and really loves being a Hurricane. Coaches are now cracking down on players who miss curfew or are late.
Yearby, who will be a sophomore next season, played in 12 games in 2014, gaining 509 yards and one touchdown on 86 carries. He also caught eight passes for 118 yards and a touchdown.
The Hurricanes could have used him today.
HERE'S FULL TRANSCRIPT OF INTERVIEW WE HAD WITH JOE LAST WEEK:
Excited about Spring Game?
Very excited. Looking forward to it because everybody is really going to be paying attention to me because I didn’t do as much as I was supposed to do last year. So I’ve got a point to prove this year so that’s what my motivation is.
What do you think the bearing of this game is on fall?
It means a lot to me because if I do good in the spring game people look at me as I can be a big contributor to the team. I could be able to take on the responsibility that Duke had left. I’m really looking forward to it.
Do you think you had a quiet spring or do you think you performed like you can?
I performed like I can but I still have room for improvement. I feel like I have a lot more to do.
How do you think the RBs in general did this spring trying to replace Duke in his production?
The running backs in the running backs room, we’re like a brotherhood. We work everyday. No matter what we’re doing on our off days we come in and watch film with each other. We do anything to that can make us better and possibly fill in the role for Duke.
How do you think you did in scrimmage last week? Do you think you can make an impact in passing game in this offense?
I’m looking to do anything to help the team to win, whether it’s passing or rushing or even blocking, I’m willing to do it so my team can be on top.