Michigan football: WR Perry reinstated to full participation

Michigan Athletic Director Warde Manuel issued a statement Friday night that student-athlete Grant Perry has been reinstated to full participation with the Michigan football team.

The statement read: “The University and Michigan Athletic Department have closely followed the legal proceedings involving Grant Perry since October. During this time, he has met every institutional expectation. Grant has served multiple team suspensions, missing two games during the 2016 season as well as the Orange Bowl against Florida State. He was suspended from all team activities in the Winter of 2017, including all of spring practice and the team’s trip to Rome. Grant was only recently allowed to participate in summer conditioning prior to the start of fall camp.

“We conducted an athletic department and institutional review following the conclusion of the legal process. Based on that review, we have determined that Grant is reinstated to full participation with the football team.”

In order to maintain his full participation with the team, and in addition to complying with the terms of his probation, Perry must continue to meet additional internal requirements from the university, athletic department and football program, according to the statement.

Perry was sentenced to 12 months probation earlier this month after pleading guilty to one charge of resisting a police officer and one charge of assault and battery. He practiced with the team this summer and during the first two weeks of preseason camp, but his permanent status with the program had not been decided until Friday’s announcement.

“It was never a good situation from the very beginning,” Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh said Friday. “None of us like it that one of ours was in a situation like that. …It’s good to have some resolution to it. I’m not going to call (the situation in general) a good thing.”

Perry, who has 27 catches and two touchdowns as a Wolverine, joins a young but talented group of receivers competing for playing time.

 

 

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