Texas A&M will be without two projected starters for a combined game-and-a-half after their April arrests, though when those suspensions might be served remains unclear.
Per GigEm247 and other outlets, Aggie athletic director Eric Hyman announced Saturday that junior cornerback Deshazor Everett would be suspended for half a game and junior safety Floyd Raven a full game for their roles in an April 30 incident. Hyman did not specify during which games Everett or Razor would serve the suspension.
Everett and Razor allegedly struck two men in the face in an apartment complex fight and were later arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault and criminal mischief. A car at the scene was also damaged, according to police.
Both players were suspended from the team during July.
Everett started 12 games for A&M during the 2012 season, finishing with 56 tackles and two interceptions -- one of them the famous game-clinching pick of AJ McCarron late in the Aggies' upset win over eventual national champion Alabama. Raven appeared in 13 games himself, collecting 16 tackles, and appears poised to replace safety Steven Terrell in the Aggies' starting secondary.
Even given both players' key roles in that secondary, it's hard to see the suspensions having any impact on the Aggies' season. They seem highly likely to be served in one of the two games leading up to A&M's home showdown with the Crimson Tide in Week 3, and neither Rice nor Sam Houston State should be a match for A&M, with or without the two suspended players. (One might guess Everett and Raven will sit for the Week 2 matchup with the FCS Bearkats, since the Aggies did specify that defensive tackle Kirby Ennis's one-game suspension would be served in the season opener against the Owls.)
That decision might not help Kevin Sumlin develop a reputation as a strict disciplinarian, but at least it means the team can put any uncertainty behind them -- and after all, Sumlin has some much bigger off-field issues to deal with at the moment.