Top LB Savannah not on Washington roster

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

The early news at Washington isn't good.

  • The campaign to rebuild the defense took a hit Monday when it was announced that linebacker E.J. Savannah, who broke his arm over the summer, has been suspended. Savannah isn't listed on the current roster, though coach Tyrone Willingham left open the option of him returning this season. The first-team LBs are Donald Butler, Mason Foster and Josh Gage.

  • Four freshmen didn't report due to academic issues: DL Craig Noble, RB Demitrius Bronson, DL Senio Kelemete and DB Vince Taylor.

  • The Huskies fairly long run without an off-field incident also came to an end with redshirt freshman TE Chris Izbicki being charged with "criminal trespass in the second degree and minor in possession of liquor after an incident on July 20," according to the Seattle Times.

Savannah is a big loss. He was one of the conference's best LB, ranking sixth in tackles with 111 in 2007 (8.5 for a loss). Moreover, Noble was an incoming freshman expected to immediately push for playing time, while Izbicki, the most touted recruit from 2007, was expected to challenge Michael Gottlieb for the starting job.