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Notre Dame Suspends Leading Rusher for Two Games After Violation

University of Notre Dame running back Cierre Wood and defensive end Justin Utupo have been suspended for the first two games of the college football season following a violation of team rules.

Wood, 21, and Utupo, 20, will miss the Sept. 1 game against the U.S. Naval Academy in Dublin, Ireland, and the Sept. 8 home opener versus Purdue University, the athletic department said in an e-mailed statement. The statement didn’t list what rules were broken.

“Our players are aware of the standards I set for our program and that failure to meet my expectations will result in consequences,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. “Justin and Cierre violated our team rules, so I’ve suspended them for the first two games of the season.”

Wood rushed for a team-high 1,102 yards and nine touchdowns last season. Utupo played in all but one game last year, primarily on special teams.

Quarterback Tommy Rees and linebacker Carlo Calabrese were suspended earlier for the game against Navy after being arrested when police broke up an off-campus party. Kelly has named sophomore quarterback Everett Golson as the starter for the game in Dublin.

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