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Three starters among four A&M players hit with two-game suspensions

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Florida’s not the only SEC team with five players suspended for all or part of the opener.

Texas A&M announced prior to kickoff Saturday afternoon that cornerback De’Vante Harris, linebacker Steven Jenkins, wide receiver Ed Pope and defensive end Gavin Stansbury have been suspended for today’s game against Rice.  Not only that, the suspensions will carry over to next week’s game against FCS-level Sam Houston State.

“Violating A&M athletics department rules and regulations” was the only reason given for the two-game suspensions.

Harris, Jenkins and Stansbury are all starters on the defensive side of the ball, while Pope is a backup receiver.

It had previously been announced that starting quarterback Johnny Manziel had been suspended for the first half of the Rice game.  True freshman Kenny Hill is expected to get the start against the Owls.

Prior to that, A&M acknowledged that a pair of starters — cornerback Deshazor Everett and safety Floyd Raven — would be suspended for the entire opener and the first half of the opener, respectively.

UPDATED 1:04 p.m. ET: Matt Joeckel, not Kenny Hill, started at quarterback for A&M.

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4 Responses to “Three starters among four A&M players hit with two-game suspensions”
  1. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Aug 31, 2013 1:03 PM

    The Aggie Code must only applies to those that don’t play starting quarterback.

    Also, suspending players for Rice and Sam Houston State but SHOCKINGLY all are able to play against Alabama, talk about #SECJustice.

  2. dietrich43 says: Aug 31, 2013 2:11 PM

    Good thing they will learn their lesson in time to play Bama.

  3. dhardy8207 says: Aug 31, 2013 2:21 PM

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas — An already thin Texas A&M defense will be without three starters for the first two games of the season as De’Vante Harris, Steven Jenkins and Gavin Stansbury were suspended.

    Those three – along with receiver Edward Pope – were punished for violating Texas A&M athletics department rules and regulations.

    All four will be eligible for the Sept. 14 game against Alabama.

    WOW…Aggie players could commit murder right now and they would still be reinstated before A&M plays BAMA on 9/14….

  4. ironman721 says: Aug 31, 2013 9:36 PM

    What ever the infraction it must be worse then a major NCAA violation of paying athletes money because that’s only a 2 quarter suspension. Right?

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