Tyler Benz, who started 16 games over the last two seasons, is no longer on the Eastern Michigan University football team.
According to Kyle Austin of the Ann Arbor News, EMU head coach Chris Creighton said on Wednesday that Benz has not been with the team since Dec. 12.
Creighton talked to the Eastern Echo earlier today on why Benz never showed up to any of the team meetings since that day.
“I have never met him, I have never met him,” Creighton said. “We had two team meetings— the day of the press conference (Dec. 12) and one the week after. He did not show up to any of them.”
In the last two seasons as a starter and a backup, Benz was 243-for-429 and threw for 3,003 yards with 24 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.
Eight games into last season, Benz was benched in favor of Brogan Roback, who came to EMU as the school’s first-ever four-star recruit.
A redshirt junior last year, Benz still has one year of eligibility remaining and is on track to graduate this semester.
Benz can transfer in 2014 and play immediately as long as it is at a school that offers a graduate program EMU does not have.
Stay with The Eastern Echo as the story develops.
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