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Michigan player Lavert Hill apologizes for "offensive gesture" after loss at Penn State

MARK WOGENRICH
(Allentown) Morning Call (TNS)
  • Michigan football player Lavert Hill has apologized for an "offensive gesture."
  • Hill made the gesture following Michigan's 42-13 loss at Penn State on Saturday night.
  • Hill originally committed to PSU before changing his mind and committing to Michigan.

Michigan football player, and one-time Penn State recruit, Lavert Hill apologized for making an “offensive gesture” following his team’s loss at Beaver Stadium loss on Saturday.

Michigan defensive back Lavert Hill (24) is seen here in action during the second half of an NCAA college football game between Michigan and Indiana in Bloomington, Ind., Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. Hill has apologized for an "offensive gesture" he made after the Wolverines' loss to Penn State at Beaver Stadium.

A photographer from Onward State caught Hill gesturing on the field after Michigan’s 42-13 loss to Penn State.

“I sincerely regret my inappropriate gesture at the end of Saturday's football game,” Hill said in a statement released by Michigan on Monday. “I let my emotions get the best of me and learned a valuable lesson. I am truly sorry for this offensive gesture and vow that it will not happen again.”

Hill, a sophomore cornerback from Detroit, committed to Penn State in January 2015, then decommitted 10 months later. He joined Michigan’s recruiting class on Signing Day 2016.

Barkley, Cabinda honored by Big Ten: After stellar performances in Penn State’s win over Michigan, a couple Nittany Lions earned recognition from the Big Ten.

Saquon Barkley and Jason Cabinda were named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week and Co-Defensive Player of the Week, respectively.

It’s the third time this season Barkley’s earned the conference honor. It was a first for Cabinda.

PSU's junior running back put on a Heisman showcase, racking up 176 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) against a much-talked about Michigan defense. Barkley has now scored a touchdown in 14 straight games, the longest active streak among FBS programs. The Coplay native also became the first player in Penn State history to amass 3,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in a career.

Meanwhile, Cabinda totaled 13 tackles, a forced fumble and a sack. Cabinda, a senior, shared the honor with Michigan State’s Joe Bachie, who also had 13 tackles.

John McGonigal of the Centre Daily Times contributed to this report.