August 18, 2014

Flory unsure on when he can play

On June 20, 2014 Andrew Flory was arraigned in Isabella County Tribal Court for his involvement in an incident on June 7.

He and former teammate Ryan Oruche were charged with two counts of second-degree retail fraud while Flory also had one count of possession of marijuana and Oruche had one count of unarmed robbery.

It's reported the two stole $500 worth of DVDs and snacks and when state trooper Mike Zeilinger arrested Flory in his apartment, he discovered 12 joints in Flory's bedroom.

Oruche is no longer on the team, but Flory was suspended indefinitely and was at CMU Media Day in the team's new uniform last Thursday. It's still unclear as to when he'll be able to put on the No. 9 uniform in a game.

"That's up to (Dan Enos)," Flory said. "I have no say in my return."

As of now, the junior wide receiver is allowed to practice with the team and do all the activities, but he will not be on the field on Aug. 28 against the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga or any other game for that matter.

He and Enos have talked, but not necessarily on his future. They've talked more about what he has to do today and today, he's not playing. His reps are going to a pair of redshirt freshmen, Corey Willis and Eric Cooper, as well as junior Jesse Kroll and sophomore Anthony Rice.

"Coach and I have talked about the now, we haven't talked about the future much," Flory said. "He's focused on my teammates having a great camp and whenever he calls my name to comeback, he'll do it."

His teammates, according to Enos, are having a great camp.

Enos has mentioned Willis, Cooper, Rice and Kroll on numerous occasions during camp and each are impressing. Redshirt freshman Mark Chapman was also in the mix until a recent injury will have him out for the foreseeable future.

Flory is seeing his reps go right before his eyes.

"They are doing amazing," Flory said. "They've learned a lot since arriving on campus. They've grown a lot and so has the offense. They are making great plays, great improvements and great strides and I think they're ready to play."

Flory understands he's lucky for the second chance and that he needs to help the younger guys if he wants his team to win in his absence, even if they might be taking his spot.

He is giving his teammates advice where he can, much like Cody Wilson and Jerry Harris did for him.

"They will come to me with questions because I've been around since Jerry Harris and Cody Wilson and they taught me every tidbit of the offense," Flory said. "I want to teach the young guys and they know they can come to me."

Flory is not off the team. He, unlike Oruche, has a second chance. Whether he's on the field or on the sidelines he knows how lucky he is to be with the team and at CMU.

"I'm blessed and happy for a second chance," Flory said. "My experience over the summer has taught me a lot. I've grown from it, I've learned from it, but you have to move on and get better from it.

"Better as a person, better as a player."

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