South Carolina TE Saunders suspended indefinitely
This is the time of the year college coaches love, but also dred because injuries and suspensions can creep up at any time. South Carolina tight end Weslye Saunders was suspended by coach Steve Spurrier on Monday and his future is unknown.
Saunders will be held out indefinitely for violating team rules — and not for any potential findings from this summer’s continuing NCAA inquiry centered around the 6-foot-6 senior. He was not at practice Monday night.
Saunders was questioned by NCAA investigators looking into possible rules violations at a party in Miami in May. Spurrier has said Saunders told the coach he’d done nothing wrong.
Saunders also was among several players Spurrier told to leave a local hotel and find other living arrangements.
Saunders was a major recruiting coup for the Gamecocks and began to show signs last fall of becoming a main target for South Carolina, catching 32 passes for 353 yards and three touchdowns.
Saunders entered the summer as the backup to 6-foot-1 senior Patrick DiMarco. However, he had four catches for 63 yards in last Saturday’s scrimmage, including a 10-yard TD pass from Stephen Garcia.
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