UTEP starting QB Vittatoe suspended

UTEP senior quarterback Trevor Vittatoe is one of three players who have been suspended for the first six spring practices after violating team rules.

Starting offensive tackle Alex Solot and receiver Pierce Hunter also have been suspended.

The school would not elaborate on what prompted the punishment, but coach Mike Price did issue a statement saying that the players would not be allowed on the field, in the locker room or the weight room, and that each would be punished through physical activity.

Vittatoe, a team captain, has started all 36 games since his freshman year and has missed just three quarters in his career because of injuries. Vittatoe is the school’s all-time passing leader with 9,683 yards.

Hunter has seen limited time during his three seasons with the program and has just 19 catches for 201 yards during his career. Last season, he had seven catches for 79 yards.

While Vittatoe is out, James Thomas II, who was the primary backup last season, will run the offense. Sophomore Tim Curry and freshmen Carson Meger and Andy McCloud also will get reps. All four players were expected to compete for the backup position this spring.

UTEP begins spring drills Thursday.