Simmons Suspended

Senior cornerback Malik Simmons has been suspended from the team.

Malik Simmons's offseason momentum has hit a roadblock.

The senior from Lehigh Acres, Fla., who was slated to enter training camp next month in competition for the starting cornerback job, has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities for violating team rules, a team official confirmed on Friday.

He was listed on the school's 2015 preseason depth chart tied atop the position with junior Des Lawrence.

Simmons, who moved to cornerback in the spring with the arrival of a new defensive system under Gene Chizik, started 15 games and recorded 81 tackles the last two seasons at former coordinator Vic Koenning's "Ram" position. He played a reserve cornerback role as a freshman.

Simmons has been charged with misdemeanor charges of marijuana possession (up to 1/2 ounce) and resisting a public officer. He has court dates set for July 28 (resisting) and Aug. 3 (possession), which is the same day that UNC opens training camp.

The Raleigh News & Observer first reported the story.

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