Nebraska coach Bo Pelini announced Thursday night that redshirt freshman linebacker Thomas Brown and true freshman defensive end Ernest Suttles are no longer members of the NU football team. Their departure is linked to a “incident involving student-athletes which occurred off campus over the weekend,” according to a school release.
“We are working with the University’s Dean of Students in gathering further details,” the release read in part. “We will continue to review the incident.”
Suttles, a Tampa, Fla., product, signed with Nebraska in February and joined the team this summer. He’s a 6-foot-5, 240-pound defensive end, one of four recruited at that position in NU’s most recent class. The Huskers lost three scholarship defensive ends to graduation this offseason.
NU coaches admitted last fall that Brown, from Gardena, Calif., nearly played as a true freshman in 2012, but an injury forced him to redshirt. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker was a tenacious pass rusher in practice, presumably set to carry a similar role in the fall.
Here’s the full text of NU’s release:
“We are aware of an incident involving student-athletes which occurred off campus over the weekend. We are working with the University’s Dean of Students in gathering further details. We will continue to review the incident. Further, Head Football Coach Bo Pelini has announced that Ernest Suttles and Thomas Brown are no longer members of the football program.”