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September 4, 2008Three key members of Penn State's football team will be held out of the Nittany Lions' clash with Oregon State on Saturday following an on-campus incident.
Juniors Maurice Evans and Andrew Quarless, and redshirt sophomore Abe Koroma will not play. Sophomore A.J. Wallace will play, Penn State head coach Joe Paterno announced on his radio show on Thursday evening.
"We're not going to play Evans and we're not going to play Wallace will play," said Paterno. "Wallace was really not part of that situation. Evans and Quarless and Koroma were and it's unfortunate but hey, we preach, preach, preach and they stepped out of line."
The long term fate of the three suspended players has yet to be determined.
"They deserve what they're going to get. Whatever that's going to be I don't know," said Paterno. "My feeling on all of this they have a responsibility to the program and a responsibility to themselves, to their family and they have a responsibility to their teammates and if they do something as dumb as it appears they did, and I am not sure if they did it or didn't yet, but even being close to that kind of thing I am not going to play any one of those three kids this weekend.
"And it's disappointing because they're all three good football players, they're not bad kids. But they do dumb things and you pay for it when you do dumb things. It's something they'll be living with because the NFL is cracking down and everybody with drugs and I feel sorry for them. I wish I could do something besides saying 'hey, you're going to sit out this week til I get all the information,' because I don't have it all."
While the three may be back, redshirt junior Willie Harriot has been dismissed from the team. His spot will likely be taken by true freshman D'Anton Lynn. Sources close to the team have indicated that Harriott was picked up for an alcohol related offense.
"Willie got himself in a jam the other day and won't be on the team," said Paterno. "In fact he got in a jam the other night. But I think Lynn is going to have to play and the other kid, A.J. is a good football player."
Paterno also mentioned that Penn State was looking to redshirt Lynn this season.
Eric Thomas of the Carlisle Sentinel contributed to this report.