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UNM Football Player Suspended

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University of New Mexico football player Devonta Tabannah was suspended indefinitely on Monday after his arrest early Sunday morning for DWI, Lobos coach Bob Davie announced.

Tabannah, a sophomore cornerback, will not play in Saturday’s season opener against Southern, Davie said. Tabannah will not practice with the team this week or participate in any team activities.

After Monday’s practice, Davie said he had talked with his players repeatedly about not beating themselves on the field with mistakes.

That goes as well, he said, for actions off the field.

“This is another self-inflicted mistake,” he said of Tabannah’s arrest.

Davie said he didn’t know when or if Tabannah would return to the team, but added he expected it wouldn’t happen soon.

The 5-foot-10, 171-pound player had been working with the first-team defense at right cornerback while senior DeShawn Mills, the presumptive starter, was recovering from a sprained ankle. Tabannah also was likely to have seen action on UNM’s nickel (five defensive backs) and/or dime (six DBs) packages, and possibly as a kick returner on special teams.

In addition to DWI, Tabannah, from Oxon Hill, Md., was charged with driving without a driver’s license, having no proof of insurance, having no vehicle registration and having no valid license plate.

Tabannah was pulled over by police in the 100 block of Lomas Northwest after running a red light, according to a criminal complaint.

According to police, an APD officer had to brake to avoid a collision with Tabannah’s car. Without Tabannah, and with Mills recovering from the ankle sprain, Davie said it would be “all hands on deck” at cornerback for the Southern game.

Senior Destry Berry has been playing with the first defensive unit at left cornerback. Davie mentioned freshmen Cranston Jones and the Jackson twins, Rashad and Vershad, as possibilities.

HOLBROOK UPDATE: Senior quarterback B.R. Holbrook participated fully in a practice on Monday for the first time since experiencing chest tightness and breathing problems in Ruidoso on Aug. 10. He was diagnosed as having a chest inflammation.

He did splendidly, Davie said, throwing the ball with force and accurately throughout a workout conducted in mid-90s heat.

“Maybe we should give all our quarterbacks some time off,” Davie said, smiling.
— This article appeared on page D1 of the Albuquerque Journal

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