The University of Miami has dismissed freshman wide receiver Sam Bruce from the program for multiple violations of team rules, the school announced on Monday. It is a move that will have little impact on the team’s performance on the field, since Bruce has not played in a single game this season and is out for the remainder of the year with a broken leg.
The dismissal prematurely ends what was a tumultuous freshman year for the heralded freshman pass catcher.
Coming out of high school, Bruce, who is the nephew of former NFL wide receiver Isaac Bruce, was ranked as a top 100 prospect in the country by 247Sports.com. He was suspended for Miami’s first three games of the season for violating team rules and, during that suspension, suffered a season-ending injury. Had he remained with the team, he would have entered the 2017 season as a redshirt freshman.
Miami suffered their first loss of the season against Florida State on Saturday. Due to their undefeated start, Miami had risen as high as No. 10 in the polls entering their matchup against the Seminoles. The Week 7 polls have not yet been released, but Miami is likely to fall a couple of spots. The loss came in the first of three straight matches against top 25 teams. The Hurricanes host North Carolina on Saturday before traveling to Virginia Tech for a Thursday evening contest.
The team has one of the best quarterback prospects in college football in junior Brad Kaaya, whose performance has led the Hurricanes to a surprising run of early season success under first-year head coach Mark Richt.