Georgia Southern running back Torrance Hunt has been suspended indefinitely due to a “violation of team and university rules,” according to a statement released on Thursday by GSU.
Hunt will only miss “competition,” according to the statement. He practiced with the team on Thursday.
“It is a great honor and privilege for any student-athlete to represent this university," GSU Athletics Director Tom Klienlein said in the statement. “We expect all of our student-athletes to live up to the high standards that come with being a student-athlete.”
Reports indicate Hunt was not involved in illegal activities, though no othwer information was available about the suspension.
No timetable was offered for when or if Hunt return to the field.
The suspension comes at a time when the Eagles (2-1, 0-1 Southern Conference) are looking for running back depth due to injuries.
“We don’t have one slotback who is healthy,” GSU head coach Jeff Monken said after Thursday’s practice. “All of them have some kind of injury and are limited. I’ve got very few B-backs. I’ve got two true freshman B-backs backing up (William) Banks.”
Starting B-back Dominique Swope didn’t practice Thursday. Swope has been limited all season due to injury. Banks and freshman Chris Jordan are recovering from injuries that did not keep them from practicing. True freshman Cam Lewis, who has seen limited action this season, is healthy.
Slotbacks Johnathan Bryant, Tray Butler, Devin Scott and Matt Breida are also recovering from injuries of varying degrees. Ezayi Youyoute has yet to return to the playing field due to offseason shoulder surgery.
Quarterback Jerick McKinnon played multiple running back roles last Saturday in a 30-20 loss at Wofford, with redshirt freshman Kevin Ellison sharing snaps at quarterback.
“The one guy who can play (running back) that’s healthy? Number one, McKinnon,” Monken said. “Everybody wants to ask, ‘Why two quarterbacks?’ Well, Swope is injured. He didn’t play in game two, he played in game one and game three. I’d love to have McKinnon at full strength and Dominique Swope at full strength, and all the rest of them.”
“You go right down the line, and you’re just trying to get the best guys out there. With that comes criticism when you lose. … We got beat, and it didn’t have anything to do with who was playing quarterback or who was playing running back. We didn’t block them.”
The Eagles have a chance to recover with a bye on Saturday. They return to action on Saturday, Sept. 28, against Chattanooga at Paulson Stadium.
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