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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Buffs' Faatagi ruled ineligible

The Colorado football team lost another member to academic problems Monday as 105 players reported to campus to prepare for the first practices of training camp today.

For the second consecutive year a senior's career came to end before the season when guard Erick Faatagi was ruled academically ineligible. Former starting quarterback Bernard Jackson saw his career end the same way last August.

Faatagi came to CU as a junior-college transfer prior to the 2006 season. He underwent knee surgery before that season and redshirted. He was ruled academically ineligible last fall as well and missed a second straight year.

Faatagi is the fourth member of the team to be ruled academically ineligible for this season, and there could be more coming. Wide receiver Kendrick Celestine and defensive back Lamont Smith both are trying to keep themselves eligible by earning good grades in the second summer term which ends this week.

Offensive lineman Sione Tau, linebacker Nate Vaiomounga and wide receiver Markques Simas were previously ruled ineligible and won't play this year. They are allowed to practice.

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