The All-Problems Team
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Coaches talk about how there’s always a slight moment of panic every time the phone rings. They like to be able to prepare for every circumstance and every situation, but when a top player has a moment of oops, all the hopes and dreams for the season quickly change.
It’s a reality of life in college football that every offseason will be littered with stories of star players getting in trouble with the law, and more and more in a world of camera phones, social networking and Penn State, no one is able to get away with anything and coaches aren’t able to sweep problems under the rug like they could a few decades ago.
Even with all the instant access to information in today’s day and age, coaches are always going to be as tight-lipped as possible when it comes to suspending players, especially top ones, to leave the door open in case they might return. Hence the always-nebulous "Violation Of Team Rules" as an explanation for why a player isn’t going to be on the field against Cupcake U. to start the season.
What does it mean when a player violates team rules? Maybe the guy was caught smoking something interesting, maybe he's about to flunk out of Intro To Basket Weaving, maybe he's going diva in practices and needs to be taught a lesson, or maybe he was arrested after drinking/driving/dating or all of the above.
Welcome to the 2012 All-Problems Team, highlighting many of the top players who got into hot water this offseason.
QB -- Tommy Rees, Notre Dame
While it was going to be a fight to get the starting job that ended up reportedly going to Everett Golson, Rees was going to be a No. 1 option before getting suspended for the trip to Ireland against Navy after his legal issues following a party.
RB -- Montee Ball, Wisconsin
The Heisman finalist wasn't suspended and didn't get in any real hot water, but he was ticketed for trespassing at a block party. Later in the summer he was hospitalized following an "unprovoked assault."
RB -- Isaiah Crowell, Georgia
The one-time star recruit was kicked off the team after being arrested on weapons charges.
Super-talented Isaiah Crowell was kicked off the Georgia team.
RB -- De’Andre Johnson, Iowa
The possible starter adds to the Spinal Tap drummer-like legend or problems when it comes to Iowa running backs. He was dismissed after being arrested twice in three days and being charged with eluding police.
RB -- James Sims, Kansas
The team’s best running back is out for the first three games after being arrested for an offseason DUI.
RB -- Fitzgerald Toussaint, Michigan
Nailed with a drunken driving charge, he was suspended from the team this offseason. A decision hasn’t been made on his status for the opener against Alabama.
WR -- Duron Carter, Florida Atlantic
Cris Carter’s tremendously talented son started his career at Ohio State, had eligibility problems, transferred to Alabama, never became eligible, transferred to Florida Atlantic, and now is waiting to see if he’s able to play.
WR -- Trey Franks & Jaz Reynolds, Oklahoma
Two of the key parts of the Sooner passing game have been in the Bob Stoops doghouse all offseason. They’re back in the mix and reinstated, but they haven’t been told when they’re going to see game action.
WR -- Kofi Hughes, Indiana
The team’s top target will miss a game for violation of team rules.
Tennessee's Da'Rick Rogers is the latest big name to run into trouble.
WR -- Da’Rick Rogers, Tennessee
One of the SEC’s best receivers and All-America candidate was suspended indefinitely for violating team rules. It’s being reported that he violated the university’s substance abuse policy.
WR -- Devon Smith, Penn State
The Nittany Lions don’t have a passing game and lost top receiver Justin Brown to Oklahoma. Smith was kicked off the team this summer after being arrested for drug possession.
WR -- Brandon Turner, Navy
Navy’s best receiver isn’t suspended, but he’s on watch after not showing up in shape.
WR -- Marquel Wade, Arkansas
Arrested after he, tight end Andrew Peterson and fellow receiver Maudrecus Humphrey were arrested for stealing from dorm rooms.
WR -- Sammy Watkins, Clemson
The uber-talented future NFL star was suspended for the first two games of the season after getting caught with marijuana and pills during a traffic stop.
TE -- Jamal Mosley, Ole Miss
One of the team’s top tight ends is suspended indefinitely after being arrested and charged with disturbing the peace.
TE/WR -- Jake Stoneburner, Ohio State
He’s back for the season-opener against Miami (OH) after being suspended for the offseason due to an arrest.
OL -- Michel Bowie, Oklahoma State
The possible starting left tackle was kicked off the team for violating team rules.
OL -- Stan Hasiak, Oregon State
The former UCLA Bruin was supposed to be in the mix for a starting job but hasn’t been able to get his grades in order.
OL -- Juantez Hollins, Pitt
The starter won’t play this year after being suspended for violating team rules.
OL -- Kolton Houston, Georgia
The likely starting tackle is suspended indefinitely after testing positive for a banned substance.
OT -- Jack Mewhort, Ohio State
The tackle is back in the mix after being suspended this summer for violating team rules after being arrested.
DL -- Stacy McGee, Oklahoma
The starting defensive tackle has been suspended indefinitely for violating university and team policy.
DL -- Gerald Rivers, Ole Miss
Projected to play a big role in the end rotation, he was dismissed because of academic problems.
DL -- Justin Washington, Arizona
The starter was suspended indefinitely for violation of team rules.
LB -- Daniel Cobb, Texas Tech
The starter was kicked off the team after being arrested on felony burglary charges.
LB -- Daniel Drummond, Georgia Tech
The projected starter was charged with a BUI -- boating under the influence -- and is suspended for the first game of the year.
LB -- Storm Klein, Ohio State
The likely starter was kicked off the team this offseason after being charged with domestic violence and assault. However, was allowed back on the team, with a two game suspension, after pleading guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
LB -- Trent Mackey, Tulane
The best linebacker in Conference USA was arrested for allegedly being a part of an armed robbery. His lawyer is claiming there’s evidence to prove Mackey’s innocence.
LB -- Chase Vasser, Georgia
The projected key part of the linebacker rotation is out for the first two games after being charged with a DUI.
LB -- Cecil Whiteside, California
The expected starter was booted for a violation of team rules.
DB -- Ray-Ray Armstrong, Miami
Arguably the best safety in college football, the star pro prospect was let go after issues with NCAA rules and improper contact with boosters. He enrolled at something called Faulkner University.
DB -- Nikolas Brassel, Ole Miss
Possibly the team’s best all-around player at either corner or receiver, the tremendous athlete is academically ineligible.
DB -- O’Neill Chambers, BYU
After being suspended in 2010 and out all of last year, he appeared to be ready to make a huge impact for the Cougar secondary after a strong spring. Coach Bronco Mendenhall didn’t let him back on the team.
DB -- Sanders Commings, Georgia
The terrific starting corner is out for the first two games of the season after being charged with domestic violence.
DB -- Curtis Drake, Penn State
One of the team’s best all-around athletes was dismissed after having academic problems.
DB -- Tyrann Mathieu, LSU
The Heisman finalist was suspended from the team last year for drug use. He got booted off the team this year for the same. Technically, he’s gone after violating team rules.
DB/PR -- Greg Reid, Florida State
The All-America returner and burgeoning defensive back was kicked off the team for a violation of team rules.
DB -- David Sperry, Navy
The team’s best corner was kicked off the team for violating team rules.