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SMU’s leading receiver, top tackler suspended indefinitely

Darius Johnson AP

Spring practice for SMU commenced Monday morning, and, somewhat surprisingly, the Mustangs did so without two of its best players on the practice field.

Head coach June Jones announced that a pair of seniors, wide receiver Darius Johnson (pictured) and linebacker Taylor Reed (no relation), did not participate in the first session and have been indefinitely suspended.  Jones would not say what led to the suspensions — he did allow that both players are eligible, presumably referring to academics — which were decided upon last week.

There is no timetable for a return for either player.

“They’re tending to some other things,” Jones said. “You got to take care of business, not just football

As noted by Kate Hairopoulos — love typing that name — of the Dallas Morning News, this is the second suspension for each player during their time at the school.

Johnson’s 1,118 receiving yards and eight receiving touchdowns led the team, while his 79 receptions were second.  Reed led the Mustangs in tackles with 101, tying for second in tackles for loss (9.5) and finishing third in sacks (four).

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1 Response to “SMU’s leading receiver, top tackler suspended indefinitely”
  1. v2the4 says: Apr 3, 2012 12:29 PM

    Darius Johnson from Missouri City TX and Hightower High school…dude was a beast on the field and if he had a little more speed, he’d be considered one of the best in the nation….

    hopefully, he will get it together and get back for his senior year, especially with former pro wideout Jason Phillips(from Uof Houston) now as the WR coach at SMU, he could learn a lot….

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