Texas A&M receiver Speedy Noil will miss the Aggies' season opener against UCLA on Sept. 3 while serving the remainder of a two-game suspension handed down by coach Kevin Sumlin during bowl season, the coach confirmed to reporters Thursday.
Noil, a junior-to-be from New Orleans, was suspended for Texas A&M's 27-21 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl loss to Louisville in December, but at the time, Sumlin did not publicly disclose how many games Noil would miss. That changed Thursday.
Noil started for the Aggies as a true freshman in 2014 and was expected to be a major contributor last season, but he missed four games (two because of injury and two because of suspension). He is expected to be a key part of the A&M receiving corps in 2016.
Earlier this spring, Sumlin commended Noil on his consistency in recent months -- on and off the field -- but the receiver was arrested late Friday morning and charged with driving without a license. He participated in the Aggies' Friday Night Lights scrimmage later that day.
"He's had his share of hiccups," Sumlin said Thursday. "It's a two steps forward, one step back deal. We've done some things internally with him from a discipline standpoint, and we always have. He's still suspended for the opening ballgame. ... He's got some other things he's got to get done."