No. 24 Utah will be without Kemoeatu and Tune

Updated: October 21, 2003, 6:34 AM ET

SALT LAKE CITY -- No. 24 Utah will be playing Saturday without offensive guard Chris Kemoeatu, suspended for kicking a UNLV player in the face last week, and starting linebacker Zach Tune, who was declared ineligible for 11 games after testing positive for a banned substance in a dietary supplement.

Kemoeatu, who was ejected from back-to-back games for kicking opponents, will attend anger-management counseling aimed at helping him control himself on the field.

"If there's a problem with anger-management, you had better solve it when you're 20, 21 years old, and not when you're 35 years old, because then you get dangerous," coach Urban Meyer said Monday.

Meyer announced Sunday that Kemoeatu would miss the New Mexico game, but he could miss an additional game "if he doesn't improve" and doesn't follow through on the counseling, the coach said.

"I don't believe he has a serious problem," Meyer said. "I believe he's extremely competitive and that was a horrible environment. But we have got to learn ... we're 6-1, we don't need to be getting involved in things that teams that aren't 6-1 do."

Kemoeatu was allowed to practice Monday. Tune did not practice, though he will be allowed to work out with the team until he's eligible again next season.

The Salt Lake Tribune said Tune evidently ignored warnings from team trainers and doctors to avoid taking supplements without consulting them first.

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