|Tennessee State quarterback Mike German remains suspended from the team, despite having felony charges dropped. (TSU photo)|
Tennessee State’s Mike German has yet to take the practice field this season, but he took one big step towards returning to the team on Thursday. The Tennessean’s Mike Organ reports that though felony vandalism charges against German were dropped, the junior quarterback is still suspended indefinitely. German has yet to participate in TSU practice, which started on Monday.
“(Thursday), Mike cleared one obstacle in getting back on the field,” Reed said in a statement. “However, he still has a long way to go in order to be a member of the 2013 squad. He will not be on the field for the foreseeable future and is still suspended.”
In March, German was charged with felony vandalism, along with then-teammate Joesph Johnson. The men were accused of jumping on the roof and hood of a car. They were charged with a felony as the damages totaled more than $1,000.
For now, German remains not only suspended, but ineligible. German says he took two classes in Summer School that will help him regain his eligibility.
“It’s a blessing for it to be over with and done after the last few months I’ve been going through,” German said. “I will be eligible to play NCAA football this season.”
Coming off an 8-3 season with more than two-thirds of its starters returning, Tennessee State ended last season with expectations for an Ohio Valley Championship run in 2013. German was a big part of last season’s success, completing 60 percent of his passes for 2,731 yards and 18 touchdowns as a sophomore. Tennessee State opens up the season against Bethune-Cookman on Sept. 1.