USF junior RB Mike Ford has been suspended by the team for the first two games of the 2009 season due to a violation of team rules, according to USF coach Jim Leavitt.

This news comes just two days after junior RB Jamar Taylor suffered a knee injury during a scrimmage.  There is no update on Taylor’s status as of now.

USF opens the season against Wofford on Sept. 5 and travels to Kentucky to take on Western Kentucky on Sept. 12. 

Ford ran for 407 yards on 102 carries last year.

-Phil Neary