Two more Arizona starters suspended

Updated: October 31, 2003, 8:40 PM ET

TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Arizona football program suspended two players Friday after the university declared them ineligible. Both were starters for the Wildcats' struggling offense.

Fullback Gilbert Harris and left guard Keith Jackson will miss the team's last four games, beginning with Saturday's contest at Oregon State, senior associate athletic director Kathleen LaRose said. She declined to comment further, citing federal student privacy regulations.

Interim coach Mike Hankwitz, through a department spokesman, declined to comment.

Harris, a 6-foot-1, 211-pound sophomore from San Antonio, Texas, had started every game. Used primarily as a blocker, he had three carries for eight yards and one touchdown this season, and also caught 10 passes for 86 yards.

The 6-5, 312-pound Jackson, an Inglewood, Calif., resident, is a redshirt freshman who earned his starting job on Sept. 20 and had started the last five games.

The suspensions bring to three the number of top offensive players dismissed from the team in the last three days.

Hankwitz suspended tailback Clarence Farmer, the Pac-10's leading rusher as a sophomore in 2001, on Tuesday.

Arizona (1-7) has lost seven straight games, three under Hankwitz, who was coach John Mackovic's defensive coordinator until Mackovic was fired Sept. 28.

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