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Fuente announces suspensions for Miami Beach Bowl brawl

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Memphis Tigers football coach Justin Fuente announced suspensions for players involved in the 2014 Miami Beach Bowl post-game brawl. In the Tigers 55-48 overtime win, a fight broke out after the game ended.

Six current Memphis Tigers players are suspended, with a seventh playing vs. Missouri State after fulfilling a punishment.

The players are:

  • Senior linebacker Leonard Pegues: 1.5 games - Pegues will miss Saturday's game against Missouri State and the first half of Memphis' road game at Kansas. Pegues is listed as the starting "mike" or middle linebacker on the team's opening depth chart.
  • Redshirt freshman defensive end Isadore Outing is suspended for 1 game - Outing will miss Saturday's game against Missouri State.
  • Redshirt freshman offensive lineman Nick Thomas is suspended for the first half of Saturday's game against Missouri State.
  • Junior cornerback Chauncey Lanier is suspended for the first half of Saturday's game against Missouri State. Lanier is listed as the starting cornerback on Memphis' first depth chart.
  • Junior guard Michael Stannard is suspended for the first half of Saturday's game against Missouri State. Stannard is listed as the backup at left guard in the team's first depth chart.
  • Redshirt freshman tackle Trevon Tate is suspended for the first half of Saturday's game against Missouri State. Tate is listed as the backup right tackle on Memphis' first depth chart.
  • Sophomore linebacker Noah Robinson will play Saturday after completing an alternate punishment, according to Fuente. Robinson is listed as the starting "will" or weakside outside linebacker on Memphis' first depth chart.

Five more players who were involved in the brawl will not be punished due to various circumstances. Three of the players - Martin Ifedi, Tank Jakes and Derek Howard have graduated and are no longer subject to NCAA rules. Offensive lineman Chase Johnson was set to receive a 2-game ban, but is no longer with the team. Offensive lineman Tony Mays completed community service as punishment, but has been dismissed from the program.

Fuente said the punishments were decided both by the conference and the university, with some input from the football staff.

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