Zook suspends Jonathan Brown for 1 game
Linebacker Jonathan Brown was suspended Monday by coach Ron Zook for one game for kneeing Northwestern lineman Patrick Ward in the groin. He'll sit out Illinois' trip to Indiana Saturday.
The Big Ten announced its support of the Brown suspension. In effect, the league was saying it won't add more penalties. The BTN capture of the incident can be found on Youtube. . . youtu.be/e1VhU4njgVY
``He's a good person,'' Zook said of Brown, who's tied for second in Illini tackles and sixth in the Big Ten in tackles for loss, ``but he got caught up in the moment, made a serious mistake and must deal with the consequences."
Brown apologized to his family, teammates, Illinois fans and NU, saying, ``What I did was out of character and won't happen again."
Brown, a sophomore from Memphis who was named Big Ten defensive player of the week on Sept. 19, is expected to be replaced by Houston Bates, who was named the league's freshman of the week on Sept. 5.
* Illini WR AJ Jenkins shared BT player-of-the-week honors Monday with Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson. Jenkins' 268 receiving yards were the all-time third most in a Big Ten game.
* Illinois' home game vs. Ohio State will begin at 2:30 pm CDT and be televised by Ch. 7 in Chicago.
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