James Franklin shared during Big Ten media days that junior defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos and sophomore running back Journey Brown have been suspended since the conclusion of spring ball for a violation of team rules. Both will return to the program on August 1, in time for the start fall camp.
Penn State end Yetur Gross-Matos was suspended for a violation of team rules at the end of spring practice, James Franklin says. He'll return to the team on Aug. 1.— Greg Pickel (@GregPickel) July 19, 2019
Journey Brown was, as well, James Franklin said. Both back Aug. 1. https://t.co/y3I5MIugmV— Greg Pickel (@GregPickel) July 19, 2019
Gross-Matos is one of the conference's best pass rushers, with his name appearing on the Bednarik Award watch list earlier this week. Projected as a first-round pick in next year's draft by some outlets, he led the Nittany Lions with 20 tackles for loss last season. Despite not being with the program all summer, he's still going to be a starter when the season rolls around and should put up some monster numbers.
Journey Brown was battling with Noah Cain and Devyn Ford to be Ricky Slade's primary backup. The sophomore had eight carries for 44 yards and one touchdown last season. His absence could open the door for Cain and Ford to push for more playing time in their true freshman seasons.
It is unknown if they will miss any games as a result of their suspensions.