Originally written November 08, 2012 on Blue Cougar Football:
Brigham Young Cougars head coach Bronco Mendenhall announced that senior free safety Joe Sampson and sophomore linebacker Zac Stout were suspended from the football team for an undisclosed violation of team rules.Additionally, both Sampson and Stout have withdrawn from school. Sampson's career is finished, and Stout will not be back for the rest of the 2012 season--maybe longer. The announcement came as a shock as BYU prepares for Senior Day against Idaho this Saturday.Sampson was a junior college transfer who arrived at BYU in 2011. He quickly became a fan favorite making big plays and displaying a high football IQ. Playing mostly in reserve and nickel back situations, Sampson made 23 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 interception, 2 quarterback hurries, 3 pass breakups, and 1 fumble recovery that he returned 26 yards for a touchdown in 2011. This year as the team's starting free safety, Sampson made 33 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 quarterback hurry, and 2 pass breaku...
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