Friday, October 31, 2003
Two more Arizona starters suspended
TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Arizona football program suspended two
players Friday after the university declared them ineligible. Both
were starters for the Wildcats' struggling offense.
Fullback Gilbert Harris and left guard Keith Jackson will miss
the team's last four games, beginning with Saturday's contest at
Oregon State, senior associate athletic director Kathleen LaRose
said. She declined to comment further, citing federal student
Interim coach Mike Hankwitz, through a department spokesman,
declined to comment.
Harris, a 6-foot-1, 211-pound sophomore from San Antonio, Texas,
had started every game. Used primarily as a blocker, he had three
carries for eight yards and one touchdown this season, and also
caught 10 passes for 86 yards.
The 6-5, 312-pound Jackson, an Inglewood, Calif., resident, is a
redshirt freshman who earned his starting job on Sept. 20 and had
started the last five games.
The suspensions bring to three the number of top offensive
players dismissed from the team in the last three days.
Hankwitz suspended tailback Clarence Farmer, the Pac-10's
leading rusher as a sophomore in 2001, on Tuesday.
Arizona (1-7) has lost seven straight games, three under
Hankwitz, who was coach John Mackovic's defensive coordinator until
Mackovic was fired Sept. 28.