ANN ARBOR — Michigan will be without Karan Higdon next season, as everyone knows.
But now it will be without another scholarship running back, as sophomore O’Maury Samuels was dismissed from the program on Wednesday, according to a statement from the athletic department.
A team spokesman declined to comment on a reason for Samuels’ dismissal, which comes as the seventh-ranked Wolverines prepare to play Florida in the Peach Bowl on Dec. 29 in Atlanta (noon, ESPN).
But Samuels, 19, appeared in 15th District Court in Ann Arbor on Wednesday, facing one charge of domestic violence and one charge of malicious destruction of property, both misdemeanors. He is due back in court for a pre-trial hearing on Dec. 27, according to a court spokesperson.
Samuels has already been removed from the team roster on the athletic department’s official website. A phone call to Samuels’ cell phone on Wednesday went to straight to voicemail, and his Twitter account — which had previously been public — has since been disabled.
The charges stem from a Dec. 8 incident that was handled by the University of Michigan police department, according to court records. A spokesperson there did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Samuels, a sophomore, appeared in six games during the 2018 season, rushing 13 times for 66 yards. The Los Lunas, New Mexico, native played in nine games as a true freshman in 2017.
Samuels’ dismissal leaves Michigan with two returning scholarship players at running back with notable game experience for 2019, Chris Evans and former walk-on Tru Wilson. Freshman Christian Turner appeared in two games this season and will likely redshirt, while Michigan is set to bring in four-star prospect Zach Charbonnet as part of its 2019 recruiting class.
Kurt Taylor, another scholarship running back on the roster this season, decided in November to transfer.