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Starter one of two Tar Heel CBs suspended after assault arrests

An off-field incident will lead to some on-field holes for North Carolina’s secondary for the foreseeable future.

UNC announced in a press release that two cornerbacks, sophomore M.J. Stewart and freshman Mike Hughes, have been indefinitely suspended from the football program. The suspension stems from what the school acknowledged was an unspecified altercation Sunday, Oct. 4.

According to the Raleigh News & Observer, Hughes has been charged with one count of misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury and Stewart with one count of misdemeanor assault and battery. The fight that led to the arrest and charges stemmed from an incident at a frat house; the alleged victims went to police Thursday, 11 days after the incident, to inform them that they had decided to press charges.

“We have been aware of this situation since the night of the altercation and have been working closely with the University and Chapel Hill Police to gather relevant information,” said head coach Larry Fedora in a statement. “We hold our players to a high standard and M.J. and Mike will face the consequences for their involvement.”

The school wrote in the release that "[n]either Stewart nor Hughes will play in Saturday’s game vs. Wake Forest.”

Stewart has started all five games this season and leads the Tar Heels in interceptions with three. He also leads the teams in passes defensed (seven) and passes broken up (four).

As a true freshman, Hughes has seen action in every game in 2015.