HARTFORD, Conn. -- Connecticut quarterback Cody Endres will not play again for the Huskies, coach Randy Edsall said Thursday.
Endres was suspended Wednesday for the remainder of the academic year for an unspecified violation of university policies.
The junior is on track to get his degree, Edsall said, but will not be allowed back on the team next season. He said when he informed Endres, the quarterback told him was wasn't planning to come back.
"I think a lot of times you are better off," Edsall said. "You get addition by subtraction. It's just unfortunate that people who were given another opportunity didn't take advantage of that opportunity."
The school would not confirm several published reports that Endres failed a third drug test. The junior had already served a monthlong suspension in August and September for a violation of school rules.
The school's student code of conduct mandates a 30-60 day suspension for a second positive drug test. After a third positive test the policy states that a student-athlete is "barred from practice and competition for the remainder of the academic year in which the third positive test result was obtained."
Days after returning from his initial suspension, he replaced senior Zach Frazer midway through the Huskies' game with Buffalo on Sept. 25 with the score tied at 14 and led UConn to a 45-21 win. He threw for 471 yards and five touchdowns with two interceptions in three games.
Endres was not made available to the media, and he did not respond to an e-mail seeking comment.
Edsall said 6-foot-3 redshirt freshman Michael Box from Suwanee, Ga. will start for the Huskies (3-3) on Saturday at Louisville (3-3). Box has seen limited time in two games, throwing five passes. He completed two for 30 yards.
Frazer, erratic as a starter during the season's first four games, will back him up. Edsall said the coaches believe Box gives his team the best chance to win.
"He prepares well," Edsall said. "He was always ready as a No. 2, even as a No. 3. He's exactly what I like. I like his leadership. I like what he brings to the table as a quarterback and his demeanor and how he interacts with all the other members of the offensive team and also the defense as well."