Texas Christian defensive end Mike Tuaua has been cleared by a school judiciary committee and reinstated to the team. Tuaua’s reinstatement was reported by The Dallas Morning News.
Tuaua and a teammate, receiver Andre Petties-Wilson, were originally suspended after allegedly showing up at a party and kicking and punching a student before making off with a case of beer. Tuaua missed the first two games of the season because of the investigation, the third because of his suspension, but now he can get back on the field.
And how welcome Tuaua will be. TCU’s defense has been subpar all season, ranking 86th in total defense. Considering how the senior has 50 tackles (13.5 for a loss), 6.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in his time with the Horned Frogs, his dominant presence up front will be more than welcome.
TCU is 4-0 on the season and will have the chance to go 5-0 this weekend when the team takes on its Big 12 rival Texas Longhorns. If the defense improves in this game and over the rest of the season, the Horned Frogs could very well be a lock for the College Football Playoff.
But Tuaua still has some hurdles to clear. Though reinstated to the team, he is still facing criminal charges for the incident. Regarding his availability for this weekend’s game, TCU coach Gary Patterson did not comment.
Campus Sports will update Tuaua’s status for Saturday as any new information becomes available.
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