Kentucky Wildcats linebacker Jason Hatcher has been suspended for the team’s first two games of the season. Head football coach Mark Stoops announced the suspension earlier today, stating that it was due to a violation of team rules, and it was reported by Kevin McGuire of NBC Sports’ College Football Talk.
It is not the first time Hatcher has been in trouble, as he was suspended for one game for the same reason in 2013 and faced in-house discipline over a dropped marijuana charge last year. With this suspension, he will miss Kentucky’s season opener at home against Louisiana-Lafayette and a road game against conference and divisional rival South Carolina.
The loss of Hatcher for two games is a tough one for Kentucky, as he has posted 48 tackles (8.5 for a loss) and 3.5 sacks in two seasons. He was expected to be a key member of the Wildcats’ defense this season, and the loss of him could mean Kentucky having to play major catch-up in the tough SEC once he returns.
Hopefully, Hatcher gets his head screwed on straight and can stay out of trouble for the rest of this season and beyond.
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