The Southern Miss football program will kickoff its 2018 campaign without its returning starter at quarterback under center. On Saturday morning, the Golden Eagles announced that Kwadra Griggs has been suspended indefinitely “pending the resolution of a student conduct matter.” The university made no other details available at this time.
Griggs was previously ineligible for the 2016 season due to academic issues.
Last year, Griggs threw for 1,879 yards, 16 touchdowns and two interceptions in an injury-ridden year.
Griggs was competing with sophomore transfer Jack Abraham for the starting job. Abraham, who is now favored to win the starting job, transferred from Northwest Community College where he threw for 2,949 yards, 23 touchdowns, and eight interceptions last season. Abraham was a one-time Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Mississippi. He began his college career as a Louisiana Tech signee.
The other quarterbacks on the Southern Miss roster are redshirt freshman Marcelo Rodriguez and freshman Tate Whatley.
Southern Miss QB Kwadra Griggs suspended over a “student conduct matter.” pic.twitter.com/oegFHvl5Rc
— Andrew Abadie (@AndrewAbadie) August 11, 2018
Southern Miss officially kicks off its 2018 sason on Saturday, Sept. 1 against the Jackson State Tigers. Kickoff at Roberts Stadium is set for 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN+.