Fall camp hasn't even started, yet the Brigham Young football team is already taking its hits.
The Cougars will be without two players for their season opener against Arizona on Sept. 1 after BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall announced Friday the suspension of junior running back Manase Tonga for a violation of team rules regarding conduct.
Tonga was arrested earlier this month after a routine traffic stop in Provo for failing to pay a parking ticket and alledgedly providing a false name to a police officer.
Along with his one-game suspension, Tonga will not be allowed to participate in fall camp until his legal matters have been resolved.
"Manase is a young man of solid character," Mendenhall said in a statement released late Friday night by the school. "He is someone I trust as a leader on this football team. There is an expectation of conduct associated with being a member of this football program. I believe Manase has learned a very valuable lesson from this and we look forward to having him back, participating with the team as soon as possible."
Joining Tonga on the sideline during the Arizona game will be sophomore linebacker Terrance Hooks, who was arrested and charged with burglary in April after breaking into two apartments in Orem in search of someone who threw a water balloon at his girlfriend.

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