Posted by Chip Patterson
Pittsburgh quarterback Anthony Gonzalez will be suspended for the first two games of the season for a violation of team rules, head coach Todd Graham announced on Thursday.
The suspension stems from an arrest earlier this year in Gonzalez's hometown of Bethlehem, Pa. where the redshirt freshman was charged with marijuana possession, fake identification, and underage drinking. The citation was issued May 20, and Graham put Gonzalez on indefinite suspension until making the announcement on Thursday.
"A championship program has to be built on accountability and discipline, on and off the field," Graham said. "We know Anthony will learn from this experience and be better for it moving forward."
Gonzalez redshirted the 2010 season, and impressed coaches with his work during spring drills. The 6-foot-3 dual-threat quarterback was a recipient of the Ed Conway Award, the "most improved" award for Panthers' spring practice. Incumbent starter Tino Sunseri is expected to continue his role with the first string, but Gonzalez's improvement could make him a weapon for Todd Graham in the future.
Barring an injury to Sunseri, Gonzalez will likely only miss some clean-up opportunities as the Panthers face Buffalo and Maine at home for the first two games of the season.