Texas coach Charlie Strong said Sunday he has suspended three more players for an undisclosed violation of team rules and “games will be taken away from them.”
Receiver Daje Johnson, offensive tackle Desmond Harrison and safety Josh Turner were all suspended, Strong said during a 30-minute pre-season press conference.
The American-Statesman had reported that Turner was dismissed from the team last month but was reinstated five days later after meeting with Strong. The coach said Turner was never dismissed, just that he was suspended.
“We want to make sure that the games that are taken away from them, they understand how important it is to represent this great university, not only on the field but off the field,” Strong said.
“I say it all the time,” he added. “If a young man doesn’t want to be a part of this program, just go break a core value. Then you’re telling me exactly where you want to stand.”
Strong’s five core values are simple: players must be honest, treat women with respect, no drugs, no stealing and no guns.
Strong also confirmed that running back Joe Bergeron, running back Jalen Overstreet and defensive back Chevoski Collins were all given their outright release from their scholarships last week.
He also clarified the status of receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander, who were both arrested and charged with second-degree felony sexual assault in July. Both players were just suspended indefinitely at first, but Strong said they are gone from the program for good. Both players have a court date Thursday.
In summation, Strong has dismissed seven players from the roster and suspended three more. The team’s first practice begins at 7:30 a.m. Monday with veterans. The incoming freshman class will workout at 6 p.m. Monday. The full team will workout together starting Tuesday.
Also, Strong said that Tyrone Swoopes will be the backup quarterback going into training camp and freshman Jerrod Heard will be third. David Ash is the starter. However, “you want to see competition,” Strong said.
The season opener is Aug. 30 against North Texas at Royal-Memorial Stadium.
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