WAFB-TV is reporting that backup QB J.P. Douglas has been suspended indefinitely from the football team. According to the report, head coach Dawson Odums removed Douglas from the team yesterday stating that he is “evaluating the situation”.
SU officials are calling the situation a “legal matter” that will be handled by the Southern University legal team and Douglas’s attorney. Sports information director Chris Jones says no further comment about the situation will be made by members of the athletic department.
Douglas’ attorney tells WAFB-TV that he was removed from the team after meeting with Odoms early Monday morning and that the quarterback still hasn’t been given a reason why. The attorney has e-mailed Southern specifically requesting answers for the dismissal but has yet to hear an answer.
The attorney adds Douglas is a great kid that’s never been in trouble, currently holding a 3.8 GPA in biology at Southern in their honors college.
Douglas has played only sparingly for the Jaguars this season, completing 16 of 29 passes for 176 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions. As a freshman he shouldered a much bigger load, splitting time with Dray Joseph, hitting 113 out of 212 attempts for 1,544 yards and 13 touchdowns against nine interceptions.