Tuesday, September 15, 2009
UCLA suspends four
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
UCLA is making things hard on itself for Kansas State's visit.
Starting cornerback Courtney Viney is among four UCLA players who have been suspended from the Bruins game Saturday against the Wildcats.
Also suspended by coach Rick Neuheisel for violating undisclosed team rules were freshman running back Milton Knox and freshmen wide receivers Morrell Presley and Randall Carroll.
The players will participate in practices during the one-game suspension.
“When you are a member of a team, you have a special commitment to the entities that make up that unit and to those that you represent,” Neuheisel said in a statement. “When someone falls short in that regard, there have to be consequences, and then, we move on.”
UCLA already is scrambling to figure out who will start at quarterback Saturday after starter Kevin Prince broke his jaw late in the Bruins victory at Tennessee. That will fall to either true freshman Richard Brehaut or senior Kevin Craft.
Viney's absence could be a challenge to fill. He ascended to the starting job only after Aaron Hester suffered a cracked fibula in the opener against San Diego State. Hester is still a few weeks away from returning.
Viney's backup is true freshman Sheldon Price.
Knox, No. 3 at tailback, has 57 yards on 11 carries this season. Carroll and Presley both have one reception.