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UConn suspends safety Jerome Junior

2/16/2012

UConn has suspended starting safety Jerome Junior for the 2012 season for a violation of team rules, the school announced Tuesday.

Junior is not currently enrolled in school and will not be for the fall, either.

Coach Paul Pasqualoni told The Hartford Courant: "The message is that we have program policies, we have a very, very high level of expectation of our players in many areas and one of those areas is behavior – whether it be on campus, off campus, in the meeting room, on the practice field, at the game we’re not going to accept anything but appropriate behavior. It was a violation, for me, it was a violation of what’s expected here in the football program and we can’t accept it.”

Junior started 11 games last season, finishing fourth on the team with 60 tackles. He had served a one-game suspension during the season for a violation of team rules. The UConn secondary is the biggest area on the defense that needs improvement, so losing a veteran starter certainly hurts, even though Junior was inconsistent at times.

Byron Jones, who saw action at safety and cornerback as a redshirt freshman last season, would seem to be the logical choice to step in with Junior out.