New Bern’s Hughes could see rise in playing time at UNC after Simmons suspension

GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) – On Friday, the University of North Carolina announced that defensive back Malik Simmons has been suspended indefinitely from the program after a “violation of team rules.”

Multiple media outlets confirmed that the suspension comes after Simmons was arrested for the second time in the last three months.

The loss of Simmons, however, opens up playing time for freshman cornerback Mike Hughes.

Hughes, 5’11 defensive back, is entering into his first year for the Tar Heels after guiding New Bern High School to a 4A state title in December.

Hughes started at quarterback and defensive back for the Bears, but at this point, is primarily focused on the defense in the Tar Heels system.

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