Quintez Cephus, Wisconsin’s top returning receiver, has been suspended, although it is not clear whether he will be available for the Badgers’ season opener.
He was suspended for an unspecified violation of the university’s student-athlete discipline policy.
“Cephus is suspended from competition and practice pending the availability of further information relating to this case,” Wisconsin said in a statement on Monday afternoon.
The statement does not specify the length of the suspension, so reinstatement prior to Wisconsin’s season opener on Friday, August 31, at home against Western Kentucky is possible.
Cephus said on Twitter over the weekend that he was taking a leave of absence to deal with a legal issue. He said he was wrongfully accused of unlawful conduct in an incident that took place in April.
ESPN.com reported Cephus has been charged with felony sexual assault of an intoxicated victim and felony assault. He is accused of assaulting two women and is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.
Cephus, a 6-foot-1, 207-pound junior from Macon, Ga., played in nine games last season and had 30 receptions for 501 yards and a team-high six touchdowns. His 55.6 receiving yards per game led the team.
He started eight games last year and had five starts as a freshman in 2016.