College Football: Miami Hurricanes suspend Jaylan Knighton and Larry Hodges
- Jaylan Kinghton and Larry Hodges are suspended for multiple weeks
- The announcement came ahead opener against Alabama
- They join Avantae Williams in list of suspended players
Miami Hurricanes suspended their freshmen Jaylan Kinghton and Larry Hodges for multiple weeks on Saturday, as reported by the website Miami Herald. The news came ahead of their opener against the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide.
All suspensions are listed as out for violating team rules, according to the website the State Of The U. Knighton, who was listed as the team's co-backup running back on Monday, will miss four games. Hodges, a backup tight end, will miss two games.
Knighton and Hodges are the latest players to be banned to begin the season, joining Avantae Williams. Williams will miss the first six games of the season after being arrested and expelled from the club in July, only to be reinstated last month after the charges against him were dropped.
Hodges was previously arrested earlier this year on firearms and drug charges, and after the March incident, he was suspended from the Hurricanes' spring game in April. Prosecutors in Miami-Dade County also declined to press charges against the tight end.
No legal issues for Knighton were previously made public.
Hodges has three one-yard receptions and two touchdowns in three seasons with Miami. Hodges also threw a one-yard pass to quarterback D'Eriq King last season.
Knighton, along with fellow running back Donald Chaney Jr., started two games as a freshman in 2020 and is placed second on the depth chart. Knighton was a standout receiver and has the potential to be the Hurricanes' best third-down back. In 2020, the halfback rushed for 209 yards on 52 runs while also catching 11 receptions for 135 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown reception.
With Knighton out, Harris and Chaney will shoulder the most of the responsibility, though rookies Thad Franklin and Cody Brown may also see time. In the 247Sports.com composite rankings for the Class of 2022, both running backs were rated as four-star talents.