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Associated Press, Published November 02 2010

College football: Gophers suspend three defensive players

MINNEAPOLIS – The news isn’t getting any better for slumping Minnesota and its beleaguered defense.

Interim coach Jeff Horton says defensive tackle Brandon Kirksey has been suspended for the game against Michigan State on Saturday. Horton did not say why Kirksey was suspended, but did say he expects the team captain to return for the Golden Gophers’ game on Nov. 14 at Illinois.

Horton also suspended defensive back Michael Carter and defensive lineman Ra’Shede Hageman for academic issues. Horton says it is likely those two will not play the rest of the season.

Senior offensive linemen Matt Carufel and Dom Alford also will miss the game with knee injuries.

The Gophers have lost eight straight games as they prepare to face the Spartans on Saturday.