EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon cornerback Cliff Harris was suspended Monday after he was pulled over for several infractions, including driving on a suspended license and driving without insurance.
In a statement released by the school, Ducks coach Chip Kelly suspended Harris pending further review and he will not be able to take part in any football-related activities.
Eugene police said that Harris was stopped on a city street Monday afternoon after an officer noted he wasn't wearing a seatbelt, for which he was also cited.
He faces fines in excess of $952. The car he was driving, which police say belongs to a relative, was impounded.
Harris, an All-American who broke up 23 passes and averaged 18.8 yards per punt return last season, was also ticketed in June by Oregon State Police for driving 118 mph on Interstate 5 on a suspended license.
Harris, who was driving a rented car he says was lent to him by a university employee, was suspended indefinitely after the incident by Kelly and did not play in Oregon's season-opening loss to LSU at Cowboys Stadium.
He was allowed to practice with the team during that earlier suspension and was reinstated just before Oregon's 69-20 victory over Nevada on Sept. 10.
Harris' family paid the $1,620 in fines for the citations. The university compliance office was looking into whether NCAA rules were broken when the school employee allowed him to use the rental car.Comment on this story
Later, a dashboard video released by the Oregon State Police revealed that Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas was a passenger in the rental car.
Harris has nine tackles in six games this season for the No. 7 Ducks (6-1, 4-0 Pac-12.) He also has an interception and nine punt returns for 68 yards.
In Oregon's 45-2 victory over Colorado last weekend, the Buffaloes tackled Harris on a punt return in the end zone for a safety. He was also flagged before the game started for taunting, which allowed Colorado to kick off from the 45 to start the game.
As a sophomore last season, Harris set an Oregon record with four punt returns for touchdowns. He became known not just for his explosive speed, but for his colorful quotes: He coined the term "The Natty" to describe the BCS national championship game.