Nebraska defensive end Ernest Suttles, linebacker Thomas Brown kicked off team

Nebraska defensive end Ernest Suttles, linebacker Thomas Brown kicked off team

[dropcap]A[/dropcap] pair of talented Nebraska players have been kicked off the team before ever playing a snap for the Huskers.

Ernest Suttles, who signed with Nebraska in February, was expected to contribute as a freshman.

Ernest Suttles, who signed with Nebraska in February, was expected to contribute as a freshman.

Freshman defensive end Ernest Suttles and redshirt freshman linebacker Thomas Brown have been dismissed following an incident at a party that occurred last weekend.

No official reason was given for the dismissal, but rumors began swirling all week around an incident that allegedly occurred last Friday night during a party for Nebrasaka linebacker David Santos’ 21st birthday.

A statement released by school officials Thursday night referenced the incident.

“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,” the statement read. “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.”

Suttles reportedly started a fight with another Husker and Santos stepped in to kick him out. When he did, Suttles reportedly struck Santos in the head with a bottle. Suttles was ticketed for misdemeanor assault, according to an AP report.

Other reports have placed Brown in the fight as well, but Lincoln Police said there was no record of his involvement.

Suttles is a 2013 signee who reported to Lincoln just a few weeks ago. A 3-star recruit from Gaither High in Tampa, Fla., the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Suttles is a pass-rushing specialist who totaled 88 tackles, 31 tackles-for-loss, 12 sacks and four forced fumbles as a senior. He chose Nebraska over offers from West Virginia, Tennessee, South Florida, Iowa State and Missouri, among others.

After redshirting last season, Brown, 6-2, 220, was expected to compete for the starting job at the Buck linebacker position. Also a 3-star recruit, the Gardena, Calif. native chose Nebraska over Arizona State, Colorado, and Utah.

Both Suttles and Brown were expected to contribute this fall at two positions where the Huskers already had depth concerns.

Photo: Tampa Bay Times

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