WR Andre McDonald won't play in bowl game after violation of team rule
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Gophers true freshman receiver Andre McDonald has been suspended for Friday's Meineke Car Care Bowl due to "violation of team policy," coach Jerry Kill announced in a press release Monday.
McDonald, a former Hopkins high school standout, had a rocky initial season. He played in eight games, missing playing time because of an infection in his leg and a reported heart issue, and was also hindered by general freshman woes. McDonald tallied 10 catches for 121 yards.
"Just a violation of team policy and he didn't make the trip, but that decision was made, not today or anything," Kill said after practice Monday at St. Thomas High School (Texas).
The Gophers left the Twin Cities on Saturday for Houston, where they will spend the next several days leading up to their match-up with Texas Tech.
Texas Tech also issued suspensions Monday. The Red Raiders, who are currently under the guidance of interim head coach Chris Thomsen, will be without starting cornerback Cornelius Douglas, linebacker Chris Payne and defensive lineman Leon Mackey as a result of violations of team rules.