Marijuana last straw as Utah St. dismisses LB Downs

LOGAN, Utah -- Utah State linebacker Steven Downs, one of
five Aggies recently cited by police with marijuana possession, has
been dismissed for "repeated violations" of team rules.

The brief statement released Wednesday by coach Brent Guy did
not describe the violations. But spokesman Mike Strauss said the
drug case was the last straw for Downs.

"Coach Guy is willing to give people a second chance," Strauss
said. "If they do something again, he's pretty quick to pull the
trigger. This is not Steven Downs' first violation."

Downs, 19, was projected to be a backup linebacker. The Anaheim,
Calif., native had four years of eligibility remaining after not
playing as a freshman last season.

Downs and four teammates were given misdemeanor marijuana
citations July 22 after police responded to complaints of drug use
at a Logan apartment.

Guy said the players quickly told him about the incident. The
other four -- Kendall Fisher, Marcus Cross, Brennan McFadden and
Ryan Tonnemacher -- have been punished and won't miss any games,
Strauss said.

This is their first violation of team rules, he said.