BOULDER, CO - OCTOBER 22: "Ralphie" the mascot of the Colorado Buffaloes leads the team onto the field before a game against the Oregon Ducks at Folsom Field on October 22, 2011 in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
The Colorado Buffaloes suspended two wide receivers for an incident involving a pellet gun. A third player left the team over the incident and some family issues.
The Colorado Buffaloes are not immune to off-field incidents, as evidenced by the suspension of two wide receivers for an incident involving an air gun over the weekend. Jeffrey Thomas and DaVaughn Thornton, the former a freshman and the latter a junior, have been suspended for the first two games of the season, missing contests against the Colorado St. Rams and the Sacramento St. Hornets. Linebacker Jermane Clark was also involved in the incident and has left the program, though it's partially due to family issues.
According to the police report (via Buffzone), eight Colorado players were waving around an Airsoft pellet gun that was mistaken by eyewitnesses for a real gun. Those members of the football team were Jered Bell, Keenan Canty, Jermane Clark, Joshua Moten, Thomas, Thornton, Paul Vigo, and Derrick Webb. Vigo's younger brother was also involved in the incident, but he is not a member of the football team.
The police did not make any arrests, but did alert school officials to the incident. When 10 police responded to the incident, several of the players talked back when asked to exit the cars. After explaining about the pellet gun, the players were allowed to go but not without having a disassembled gun.
The Buffaloes will be especially thin at wide receiver to start the season with Paul Richardson also out, recovering from a knee injury.