Report: SMU QB suspended for violating team rules

Updated: October 7, 2006, 2:54 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

SMU quarterback Justin Willis has been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules, The Dallas Morning News reported Friday.

Willis, a redshirt freshman, will not play against UT-El Paso on Saturday. Junior college transfer Corey Slater is expected to start in Willis' absence.

Brad Sutton, SMU assistant athletic director for media relations, declined to comment on specifics of the violation, the newspaper reported. Coach Phil Bennett did not immediately return phone calls.

Willis had led SMU (3-2, 1-0 Conference USA) to a three-game winning streak. He is 80-for-118 passing for 841 yards, and his 12 touchdown passes are the most for a Mustang quarterback since 1996. He also has rushed for 145 yards and two touchdowns.

Slater is 7-for-18 for 54 yards. The bulk of his playing time came against North Texas (5-of-10 for 47 yards and an interception).