Ga. Tech's Darren Waller suspended

Georgia Tech senior Darren Waller, who was the team's third-leading receiver in 2013 despite making only four starts, has been suspended for the first two games of the 2014 season for a violation of team rules, the school announced Friday.

Waller will miss the opener against Wofford (Aug. 30) and the Sept. 6 game against Tulane.

He played in 12 games last season and had 17 receptions for 367 yards and three touchdowns, including a 72-yarder for a score against Mississippi in the Franklin Mortgage Music City Bowl. Waller has played in 38 games for the Yellow Jackets and has 25 receptions for 529 yards.

Waller's absence will hurt his college career more than it will the team's depth at the position. The Jackets return DeAndre Smelter and Micheal Summers, who had more starting experience than Waller last year. Georgia Tech also returns Anthony Autry, who most likely would have been a starter last season had he not been sidelined with a knee injury. Autry, who played as a true freshman in 2012, is healthy and will join the Jackets this spring.