Wisconsin wide receiver Quintez Cephus, the Badgers' top wide receiver from last season, was suspended from the team on Monday after he was charged with sexual assault.
Per a statement from the school:
Quintez Cephus, a junior with the Wisconsin football team, has been suspended from the team after violating the UW Department of Athletics’ Student-Athlete Discipline Policy, Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez announced Monday.
Cephus is suspended from competition and practice pending the availability of further information relating to his case.
During the suspension, Cephus will remain on official squad lists and may continue to receive support service in the sports medicine facility, the academic support center and the weight training room.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects any additional information regarding disciplinary actions toward a student.
Cephus was charged Monday with second- and third-degree sexual assault, both felonies, "of two intoxicated women who said he sexually assaulted both of them and said Cephus and his roommate, teammate Danny Davis, laughed and took photos of the women," according to a report by Ed Treleven of the Wisconsin State Journal.
In a statement released on Twitter on Saturday, Cephus said he was "wrongfully accused of unlawful conduct" and that he was "forced to take a leave of absence from the team" in order to focus his attention on clearing his name.
— Quintez Cephus (@QoDeep_87) August 18, 2018
Cephus caught 30 passes for 501 yards and a team-high six touchdowns in just nine games last season as a true sophomore.