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Wednesday, January 4, 2012
ASU suspends Junior Onyeali

By Ted Miller

New Arizona State coach Todd Graham has indefinitely suspended defensive end Junior Onyeali "for not meeting the high standards of the Sun Devil football program," according to Doug Haller of the Arizona Republic.

Onyeali was previously suspended from the Maaco Las Vegas Bowl by outgoing coach Dennis Erickson. According to Haller, that was due to a "heated exchange" with Erickson at practice.

It would appear Graham also is unhappy with the incident and, perhaps, how Onyeali reacted thereafter.

Onyeali, the Pac-10's 2010 Defensive Freshman of the Year, looked like a potential All-Conference player in the preseason, but he missed five games with a knee injury and didn't play particularly well when he returned.

Graham appears to be sending an early message about discipline. It will be interesting to see when — if? — Onyeali gets reinstated.