Notre Dame Suspends RB Wood

By Dean Pantazi

August 26, 2012 Updated Aug 26, 2012 at 10:13 PM EDT

NOTRE DAME (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly has suspended senior running back cierre Wood and junior defensive end Justin Utupo two games for violating team rules.

“Our players are aware of the standards I set for our program and that failure to meet my expectations will result in consequences,” Kelly said. “Justin and Cierre violated our team rules so I’ve suspended them for the first two games of the season.”

Wood led the Irish in rushing last year with 1,102 yards and scored nine rushing touchdowns whileaveraging 5.1 yards per carry. Wood played in all 13 games in 2011 and started nine contests.

Utupo played in 12 games in 2011, primarily on special teams, and was a reserve defensive end on the most recent Notre Dame depth chart

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