In the span of a few days, junior Scott Noble has gone from the starting running back at James Madison to fighting for that job to no longer an option.
JMU head coach Mickey Matthews said Monday at his weekly news conference that Noble and junior cornerback Taveion Cuffee were each suspended for the Dukes' season opener against Morehead St. Saturday.
"Just a violation of team policy. Suspended for a game," Matthews said. He declined to elaborate on details of the suspensions.
Later Monday, Matthews also confirmed that another junior, wide receiver Julius Graves, had been dismissed from the team for violating team policy.
Matthews said during his news conference that two other receivers, redshirt freshmen Dae'Quan Scott and Kavon Seaton, will be eligible to play against Morehead St.
Earlier this summer, those two players had been charged with felony counts of buying stolen computers. But those charges were later reduced to misdemeanors.
"We've handled it internally. And I guess you can call it they're on 'double-secret probation' or something," Matthews said Monday. "We've never suspended guys, or held them out of things because of misdemeanors."
Scott, a graduate of R.E. Lee High School in Staunton, has practiced with the first-team throughout the season as a slot receiver. Seaton, who served as the Dukes' third quarterback in 2009, is now a reserve at receiver.
Matthews also said Virginia transfer Quintin Hunter would play Saturday. The sophomore receiver arrived at JMU just days before the start of preseason camp.
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