The Auburn University football program has suspended sophomore wide receiver Quan Bray following his arrest last week, the team’s coach Gene Chizik said Sunday.
ESPN reports Bray, who ranks third on the Tigers with 11 catches for 82 yards this season, was arrested Thursday night (September 27) during a traffic stop on the University of West Georgia campus.
Upon stopping Bray, Georgia police discovered that he was driving on a limited permit and had an open container of alcohol in the car. Police later noted that Bray had not been drinking at the time of his arrest.
In response to Bray’s actions, coach Chizik decided that Bray will not be playing for at least one week, meaning he will miss the team’s match-up against Arkansas on Saturday.
“I’ll let you know when he’ll be back on the field, but it certainly won’t be against Arkansas,” Chizik said in a press conference Sunday night.
Chizik went on to praise Bray for his character and strength, referencing recent tragedies in the 19-year-old athlete’s life.
In July of 2011, Bray’s father, Jeffery Jones, was accused of shooting and killing the player’s mother, Tonya Bray.
“He’s been a great teammate, he’s been an honor roll student. I’m proud of the way, in the last year and a half, he’s carried himself and the way he’s overcome a lot of adversity,” Chizik said.
In Bray’s absence, sophomore Trovon Reed will most likely take fill in as a slot receiver and punt returner in Saturday’s game.
“Trovon has done that a good bit,” coach Gene Chizik said. “We’ll see which other guys can step up. I’m sure another receiver will step up and be able to do the same job. Trovon will probably be the lead-in guy on that as well.”
Tigers coach Gene Chizik talks more about Quan Bray’s suspension in the video below: