Slot receiver and return specialist Dennis Norfleet will not return to Michigan for the 2015 season because he is officially a member of the Tuskegee University football team, as evidenced by his appearance on Tuskegee's official roster. Further, a Tuskegee spokesperson confirmed that Norfleet has enrolled in the school and participated in team meetings on campus on Tuesday, according to a report from MLive's Nick Baumgardner. Tuskegee is a D-II program, so Norfleet, who is a senior, will not need to sit out and can play his final season with the Golden Tigers this fall.
It was expected that Norfleet would not return to Michigan this season. In May, Baumgardner spoke to Norfleet's high school coach, Dale Harvel, who claimed that Norfleet had been dismissed -- a move that Wolverine247 confirmed, citing that Norfleet had skipped "more than one" of his exams in late April. However, there was never an official dismissal, and there were reports that Norfleet still had an opportunity to work his way back onto the team. But Michigan removed Norfleet from its official roster when it was updated last week, and, two weeks ago, there were multiple reports that Tuskegee had been granted access to talk to Norfleet. Whether Norfleet was formally dismissed remains unclear, but the end result was the same nonetheless.
Norfleet appeared in 37 games at Michigan, making four starts at wide receiver and making most of his impact on special teams. Though he could not find the end zone as a returner, he leaves Michigan owning the program records for career kickoff returns (90) and career kickoff return yards (2,203). Norfleet also caught 21 passes for 157 yards.
And, if there is one thing that fans will remember about Norfleet, it's his dancing: