Pitt sophomore safety Elijah Fields has been suspended for the 2007 football season after violating team policy, Panthers coach Dave Wannstedt announced today.
“Although we have suspended Elijah for the season, he will remain part of our program and practice,” Wannstedt said in a statement. “We will continue to demand that he work hard on the field and in the classroom so that he can be an important part of our program’s future.”
Fields, a 6-foot-2, 220-pounder from Duquesne High School, was expected to contend for a starting position in the secondary. Pitt starts training camp next Tuesday. The Panthers open the season against Eastern Michigan Sept. 1 at Heinz Field.
By Kevin Gorman