Chizik Suspends Freshman Quarterback

Auburn head football coach Gene Chizik has suspended Tyrik Rollison.

Auburn, Ala.--Coach Gene Chizik said Thursday night that he has suspended highly-regarded freshman quarterback Tyrik Rollison for violation of team rules.

A 2009 signee from Sulphur Springs, Tex., High School, Rollison is redshirting this season for the Auburn football team.

"We have high standards that we have set and fully expect our team to meet," Chizik said. "When these expectations are not met, I will make decisions based upon what is best for the entire football team and the Auburn Family."

Tyrik Rollison

Ranked as the number 11 quarterback in the country by for the 2009 signee class, he earned All-State honors in leading his team to the Class 4A, Division II state title last year.

As a senior he hit 315-428 passes for 4,728 yards and 51 touchdowns with 15 interceptions. He rushed for 1,094 yards and 14 scores on 172 carries.

Chizik did not say what team rule Rollison violated and when, or if, the freshman would be allowed to return to the team.

In August during preseason drills Rollison was in the mix for the starting quarterback job won by Chris Todd and was expected to have a chance to move up to first team in 2010 with Todd graduating.

As a junior Rollison was also an All-State team as he passed for 3,600 yards and 37 touchdowns and rushed for 554 yards and seven touchdowns.

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