The athletics department issued a release today stating wide receiver Ike Whitaker has been suspended indefinitely for for violating team policy.
Whitaker, who was the lone returning receiver with a catch after the suspension of Zach Luckett, played in three games and caught three passes for 14 yards this season. He had been receiving less playing time in favor of younger receivers like Xavier Boyce in recent games.
Whitaker wasn't listed on the two-deep at either split end or flanker for this week's game. My guess is this is more of a Brandon Ore-type suspension than a Zach Luckett-type suspension.
By all accounts, he had turned his life around after entering alcohol rehabilitation in 2006. He was able to return to the team and see time at receiver last year. He had developed into an excellent run blocker from the position.
My guess is the former quarterback was told what he needed to do to see more playing time and he just didn't do it. Hopefully Ike can get things together. The team will be fine without him, but I wish him the best of luck.