Three BYU football players won't be competing for the Cougars next season.
Receiver Tacoma Fontaine, defensive back Tony Fields and linebacker Danny Robinson have been placed on one-year suspension following a review by the school's Honor Code Office for standards violations.In April, they were charged with possession of marijuana in Millard County. A Utah Highway Patrol trooper stopped the a Chevy S-10 Blazer with the three players inside on April 4 on I-15 near Meadow. The trooper recovered a plastic bag and three cigars filled with marijuana inside.
Days later, Fontaine pleaded guilty to driving with a controlled substance in his blood. On May 5, both Fields and Robinson entered guilty pleas to possession of marijuana, a class B misdemeanor. If the players complete several court requirements, the charges will be dismissed after 18 months.
Under an agreement with Millard County prosecutors, Fields and Robinson consented to pay fines of $300 each and stay in contact with the court while on probation.
Coach LaVell Edwards said he's disappointed that the players used poor judgment. "I hate to see anybody get themselves into difficulty," he said.
Fontaine, a junior, was projected to be a top receiver in the program next fall. After enrolling in school from Ranger exas) Junior College, Fontaine participated in spring drills in March.
Fields, a senior, saw action on special teams and as a reserve defensive back last season. Robinson, a freshman who redshirted last season, was expected to be a backup linebacker in 1998.