FB Stephen Hopkins leaves team

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Junior fullback Stephen Hopkins has left the Michigan football team.

Hopkins declined comment to ESPN.com, though following the announcement to the media Hopkins did tweet, "I love the University of Michigan and everything it means to be a Michigan Man. I look forward to getting my degree."

The junior finished his career with 48 carries for 194 yards and four touchdowns. He appeared in eight games this season, starting four, but he didn't have a single carry or reception.

Coach Brady Hoke had little to say on the matter and when asked why Hopkins left, said only, "You'd have to ask him."

Senior captain Denard Robinson said he was "a little bit" surprised to hear of Hopkins' departure.

"We support him," Robinson said. "He's still a brother to me. I would never say anything bad about him because that's my brother."