Jerome Junior Kicked Off UConn Football Team

EAST HARTFORD CT - NOVEMBER 27: Jerome Junior #15 of the Connecticut Huskies is tackled by Zach Collaros #12 of the Cincinnati Bearcats after Junior intercepted Collaros' pass in the fourth quarter on November 27 2010 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford Connecticut. The Huskies defeated the Bearcats 38-17. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Starting UConn defensive back Jerome Junior won't return for 2012.

The Connecticut Huskies appear likely to be without one of their top defenders next season. Rising redshirt senior safety Jerome Junior has been removed due to the ever-nebulous "violation of team rules," according to the school:

University of Connecticut safety Jerome Junior (Baltimore, Md.) has been suspended from the team for a violation of team rules. He is no longer enrolled at the University and will not be for the fall 2012 semester as well. Junior was to be a redshirt senior this fall. He had 60 tackles in 2011, which was fourth on the team. The University will have no further comment on this matter.

Junior led all UConn defensive backs in tackles, also posting an interception, six pass break-ups and a handful of stops behind the line of scrimmage. He played in all 12 of the Huskies' games.

For more on Huskies football, visit UConn blog The UConn Blog, plus Big East blog Big East Coast Bias.

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