Source: Tide's Yeldon will be suspended for first quarter against Colorado State
by Marq Burnett
mburnett@annistonstar.com
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Through two games, T.J. Yeldon is the Crimson Tide’s leading rusher with 224 yards and two touchdowns on 42 carries. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
Through two games, T.J. Yeldon is the Crimson Tide’s leading rusher with 224 yards and two touchdowns on 42 carries. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
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TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama sophomore running back T.J. Yeldon will be suspended for the first quarter of the Crimson Tide’s matchup against Colorado State, the Anniston Star has learned.

A source close to the situation said the suspension stems from Yeldon’s unsportsmanlike penalty in the Tide’s 49-42 victory over Texas A&M on a 4-yard touchdown near the end of the second quarter.

After the play, Yeldon made the “money” gesture Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel does after big plays and then made a double throat-slashing gesture.

An athletics department spokesman declined to confirm or deny any disciplinary action against Yeldon.

Yeldon released a prepared statement Monday through the school’s athletics communications office, but did not speak with reporters.

“I want to apologize to everyone for my selfish actions on Saturday,” Yeldon said in the statement. “That is not the way I want to represent myself, my family and our team. That is not the way we do things at Alabama. This is something that I will learn from, and I will use better judgment in the future.”

Tide coach Nick Saban was visibly upset following the play.

“That’s not us,” Saban said following the game. “That’s not our program. That’s not what we do. We’ve never ever tolerated and we’ve never ever had it. I don’t think there’s any place for it in college football. I can’t control what other people do, but I can control what our guys do.”

Through two games, Yeldon is the Tide’s leading rusher with 224 yards and two touchdowns on 42 carries.
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