Freshman running back Stanley Williams, freshman wide receiver Dorian Baker, freshman defensive lineman Tymere Dubose and freshman quarterback Drew Barker will all be suspended for Saturday night's game against South Carolina due to the incident which caused the University to issue public safety alerts after shots were heard fired near campus housing.
The players will also face additional internal team discipline for violation of team rules, according to a statement released by the school, and could be subject to additional charges as a police investigtion continues.
"Proper conduct is emphasized as a core value of our program," Stoops said. “If we have a situation in which someone who does not act according to our standards, we hold him accountable."
"We absolutely respect being part of a wonderful campus community,” added UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart. “It disappoints us when one of our student-athletes does not live up to our expectations. We respect the process of the University and are working hand-in-hand with the campus community on this issue.”
Joe Monroe, chief of UK Police, also released a statement Monday evening which noted "three BB guns connected with the incident were recovered as part of our investigation. UK Police officers also have interviewed those identified in the picture and worked closely with the Office of Student Affairs and the Department of Athletics on the appropriate next steps.
"To that end, we will be meeting tomorrow with the Fayette County Attorney’s office to determine what actions should take place. Once that investigation is completed, that information will be turned over to the Office of Student Affairs as dictated by university policy to investigate whether any violations of the code of student conduct have taken place.”
Williams and Baker have been big contributors to Kentucky (3-1, 1-1 SEC) on the offensive side of the ball. Williams has rushed for 99 yards and a touchdown (averaging 6.2 yards per attempt) and scored the go-ahead touchdown in the first overtime at Florida on an exciting 25-yard reception. Baker is third on the team with 11 receptions for 122 yards and a touchdown. He is also one of the Cats' most physical blockers in the running game.
Barker and Dubose are both expected to redshirt this season.