The Idaho Vandals have made a difficult decision that could hurt their offensive attack in 2014.
Three months after being arrested on drunk driving charges, Dave Southorn of the Idaho Statesman is reporting that the Vandals have decided to dismiss leading wide receiver Dezmon Epps.
Epps had 79 receptions, 980 yards and four touchdowns last season.
Big news from Vandal land: Receiver Dezmon Epps (980 yards last season) has been dismissed from the team.
— Dave Southorn (@IDS_Southorn) July 20, 2014
Following his arrest, Epps entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to one day in jail and two years of probation.
The university did not specifically acknowledge the drunk driving charge. Instead, they just chalked up Epps’ dismissal to a “violation of team rules.”
“We have the highest standards and expectations for our players as student-athletes and citizens,” head coach Paul Petrino said in a statement. “We clearly outline the consequences when these expectations are not met.”
Without Epps, the Vandals now have a big drop off in talent, experience and production.
The teams returning leading receiver is now Deon Watson, who recorded just 24 catches and 279 yards a year ago.