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March 9, 2007

UK suspends Micah Johnson for academics

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky star linebacker Micah Johnson is among three Wildcat players who have been suspended indefinitely for academic reasons, the school announced Thursday.

Johnson's brother, starting offensive guard Christian Johnson, and starting offensive tackle Garry Williams were also suspended, coach Rich Brooks said in a news release.

Brooks said all three could return to the team once they satisfy their academic obligations but didn't indicate whether he expected them back when spring practice begins on March 28.

Micah Johnson was voted to the Southeastern Conference's All-Freshman team after collecting 29 tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 13 games. He also scored a one-yard touchdown while lining up at running back in Kentucky's win over Clemson in the Music City Bowl. He was the state's high school player following his senior year at Fort Campbell High in 2005.

Brook also announced that three backup players will not be returning to the team.

Cornerback Jarrell Williams was dismissed for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Linebacker Ben McGrath will give up football for personal reasons, and offensive lineman Micah Jones must retire because of nagging injuries - including one to his back. Brooks said Micah Jones would remain on scholarship so he can stay in school and earn a degree.

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