The Nebraska Cornhuskers finished fourth in the Big Ten Conference last season in pass defense. Due to another loss in the team’s secondary, the Cornhuskers will have trouble improving this fall.
In a statement released by the school’s sports information department, talented safety LeRoy Alexander has been suspended for the season.
“Nebraska sophomore defensive back LeRoy Alexander has been suspended from competition for the 2014 football season. Alexander will remain on scholarship as a member of the Nebraska football program and will be allowed to practice with the team. Coach Pelini and the Nebraska Athletics Department will have no additional comment on this matter.”
No reason was given for the suspension.
Leroy Alexander’s mom declines comment on suspension; Lincoln, UNL police say they’ve had no recent contacts with him #Huskers
— Eric Olson (@ericolson64) August 8, 2014
Alexander played in 13 games last year as part of the team’s secondary rotation and an integral member of Nebraska’s special teams. He finished the season with 34 tackles and one start. Alexander really came on strong late in the season when he accumulated 27 of those tackles in the team’s final six games.
Alexander was projected to start at safety next to senior Corey Cooper. Sophomore Nathan Gerry should be next in line to fill the spot.
Alexander’s suspension comes as a massive blow to the Cornhuskers, because he’s not the only prominent member of the secondary lost for the season. The team’s nickel back, Chris Jackson, suffered a knee injury at the start of fall camp, and he will also miss the entirety of the upcoming season.