Bowman, a sophomore wide receiver from Chattanooga, Tenn., has 18 receptions for a team-high 329 yards (18.3/catch, 54.8/game). Sparkman, a
sophomore linebacker from Columbia, Tenn., leads the team with 61 tackles. Thomas, a sophomore
defensive tackle from Winston-Salem, N.C., is on the two-deep and has recorded 9 tackles thus far this season.
"I can't remember a time when I was more disappointed," says head coach John
Bunting. "The last thing we need after an exciting win like we had Saturday
evening was an off-the-field situation that would embarrass the University
and this football program. The young men involved will not play until
Director of Athletics Dick Baddour and I determine otherwise. It is
important to note that all three student-athletes deny their involvement
with these charges and we are looking into that at this time.
"Our seniors have demonstrated good leadership all year and I expect they
will once again step forward to meet this challenge. I'm proud of the young
men who are making the right choices each day to make this program