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One UNLV back leaves, another suspended

UNLV’s backfield depth chart will have a decidedly different look when the Rebels take the field Saturday against Air Force.

In a press release, UNLV announced Monday that running back Dionza Bradford has again left the football matters to tend to personal matters back in his home state of California. Bradford had left the team during spring practice for the same unspecified reasons but returned for the start of the season.

“Dionza needs to go back home to California and tend to some personal business,” head coach Bobby Hauck.

This season, Bradford had rushed seven times for 23 yards, and also had one receptions for 15 yards. Last season, Bradford was second on the team in rushing with 615 yards.

In addition to the news regarding Bradford, Hauck also announced that fullback Connor Afoa has been suspended for this weekend’s Mountain West opener for violating team rules. Unlike what normally happens in these suspension situations, Hauck laid out in very plain language what the freshman did to earn the one-game vacation.

“Connor missed class last week and we don’t allow that in our program,” Hauck said.