Defensive tackle Justin Washington has been suspended indefinitely for an unspecified violation of team rules. Coach Rich Rodriguez confirmed the suspension tonight following a rain-soaked practice at Kindall/Sancet Field.
The 6-foot-2-inch, 268-pound senior has not been with the team since late last week, and was not in attendance at Sunday’s meet-the-team function in McKale Center. He's not likely to be on the sidelines when the Wildcats open their season Sept. 1 against Toledo.
“He’s got to do some things to get back with the team,” Rodriguez said. “Right now, he’s not practicing and he’s got to do some other things before we allow him to join the Wildcats.”
Washington registered 15 starts and played in 21 games during his first two seasons at the UA. After playing extensively as a freshman, Washington had just 18 tackles and two tackles-for-loss as a sophomore. He was expected to compete for playing time in the UA's 3-3-5 "odd stack" defense; he and Kirifi Taula were listed as co-starters at one of the two end positions in the team's first depth chart of training camp.