2 UTEP Football Players Suspended

SOCORRO, N.M. (AP) -- Two Texas-El Paso football players, including a projected defensive starter, will miss the start of the season after violating team rules.

Coach Mike Price on Monday said Travaun Nixon, who is listed as a starting cornerback, will miss the opener. Backup receiver Marlon McClure will miss UTEP's first two games.

UTEP opens Sept. 4 at home against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The Miners on Sept. 10 visit Houston. The Miners will not play East Carolina during the regular season.

Both players violated team rules, but Price did not say exactly what led to the suspensions.

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