Muschamp suspends Dunker, parts ways with 3 others

Muschamp suspends Dunker, parts ways with 3 others

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jessamen Dunker probably will get another chance to play at Florida.

For three of his teammates, their time with the team is over.

Coach Will Muschamp suspended Dunker on Friday following his arrest for allegedly stealing a scooter. Muschamp made the announcement two days after Dunker was charged with a third-degree felony.

Muschamp suspended Dunker, a redshirt freshman expected to compete for a starting job this spring, from all team activities until ``we get more information.''

``Once we get a little more information, we'll move forward,'' Muschamp said. ``But he's suspended from the team at this time. We'll address that further when I know more.''

Dunker's attorney said Thursday that his client paid $600 for the scooter and had no idea it had been reported stolen. The State Attorney's Office is investigating the case and will decide whether to proceed with the charges.

Dunker likely will end up getting reinstated. That won't happen for defensive end Kendric Johnson, receiver Stephen Alli and offensive lineman Tommy Jordan. Muschamp is parting ways with all three of them.

Johnson and Alli, both fourth-year juniors, are scheduled to graduate this spring and will no longer be on scholarship. Jordan, meanwhile, is applying for medical exemption because of a shoulder injury.

``We appreciate those guys' contributions,'' Muschamp said.

Getting rid of them frees up more scholarships heading into the final few weeks of recruiting.

Two starting offensive linemen, guard Jon Halapio and right tackle Chaz Green, had surgery. So did linebacker Neiron Ball and punt Kyle Christy.

Halapio had arthroscopic knee surgery. Green and Ball had arthroscopic ankle surgery. And Christy had shoulder surgery.

``All of those guys will be able to take part in spring,'' Muschamp said. ``I just don't know how much at this point.''

Muschamp also addressed several recent departures.

Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn left Florida on Thursday to take the same position with the NFL's Seattle Seahawks.

``That's probably the only job he would have left here for because of his relationship with John Snyder, the general manger at Seattle, and his relationship with (coach) Pete Carroll,'' said Muschamp, who promoted linebacker coach D.J. Durkin to coordinator.

Four juniors also made the move to the next level.

Safety Matt Elam, defensive Sharrif Floyd, Linebacker Jelani Jenkins and tight end Jordan Reed all declared for the draft shortly after Florida's 33-23 loss to Louisville in the Sugar Bowl.

``At the end of the day, this is a family decision and it's a personal decision,'' Muschamp said. ``It's not mine or the University of Florida's, and we support them 100 percent. No one understands the situations these guys are in and the circumstances in which they are basing their decisions on. ... Our doors are always open for those guys.''

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3 reasons the Caps beat the Red Wings

3 reasons the Caps beat the Red Wings

Not much separated the Washington Capitals and the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday. A late 2-on-0 goal for Brett Connolly proved to be the difference.

Here's why the Caps ultimately walked away with the 1-0 win.

A first period goalie interference call

Andreas Athanasiou thought he had given the Red Wings a first period lead, but Barry Trotz challenged the call for goalie interference. The review showed that Tyler Bertuzzi clipped Philipp Grubauer in the head with an elbow right before the shot went in. Given how long it took the Caps to get going in this game, it is fair to say an early deficit would have been hard to overcome.


Killing off a full two-minute 5-on-3

Two man advantages are hard to kill. Killing off a full two-minutes at 5-on-3, that's a tall task. With the game still scoreless in the second period, T.J. Oshie and Lars Eller were both assessed penalties giving Detroit two-full minutes at 5-on-3. The Red Wings managed four shots on goal, but Washington was able to successfully kill off the penalty and keep the game scoreless.

Philipp Grubauer

There were few players who had strong efforts on Tuesday, but Grubauer was phenomenal. Even when the game felt sleepy in the first two periods, Detroit still managed 28 shots on goal, all of which were turned aside by the German netminder. When Washington finally took the lead in the third, the Red Wings woke up and began pushing the offense, but Grubauer was in the zone at that point and could not be beaten. His best save came in the third period when he stared down a breakaway from Athanasiou and extended the pad to deny the shot.


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Tarik's 3 stars: Grubauer, Caps shut down the Red Wings

Tarik's 3 stars: Grubauer, Caps shut down the Red Wings

It wasn’t pretty but the Caps eventually got what they needed in Detroit: two points.  

After a sleepy first 40 minutes, Brett Connolly scored midway through the third period and then Philipp Grubauer made sure it stood up at Little Caesars Arena, where Washington eked out a 1-0 victory Thursday over the scuffling Red Wings.


Tarik’s three stars of the game:

1-Philipp Grubauer, Capitals

For much of the game, Grubi was left to fend for himself. Good thing for the Caps he was up to the task. The German netminder, who has been one of the NHL’s top goaltenders since Thanksgiving, turned aside 39 shots, including three stops on a pivotal 5-on-3 penalty kill in the second period.

2-Brett Connolly, Capitals

The Caps didn’t get many Grade-A opportunities vs. Jimmy Howard. But Connolly buried one of the few they got…on a 2-on-0, set up by Jakub Vrana in the third period.

Connolly’s goal was his 15th of the season in his 63rd game, equaling the career-high he set a year ago in 66 contests. Vrana, meantime, has three goals and five assists since getting scratched 12 games ago.

3-Lars Eller, Capitals

Eller didn’t record a point, but he was all over the puck in Motown. The veteran center finished with a game-high six shots on net. He also had a key backcheck against Darren Helm, on a shorthanded breakaway, in the first period.

Eller was good in the dot, too, winning eight of 12 faceoffs.

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