North Carolina has suspended star defensive tackle, and New Era Scouting’s #2 overall player, Marvin Austin indefinitely. Austin is one of several North Carolina players currently under investigation by the NCAA for rules violations.

“This decision is not a result of the ongoing NCAA review,” UNC head coach Butch Davis said in a release. “Marvin has violated team rules and has neglected his responsibilities to the team.”

Austin started 12 games for the Tar Heels last season, registering 42 tackles, six tackles for a loss, four sacks and three pass breakups.

Austin is considered by most the top senior defensive tackle in the country. A long-term suspension could seriously affect his draft stock. In 2009 Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant went from potentially the 1st player taken to the 24th overall selection after missing most of the ’09 season after a suspension.

Like Bryant last year, there were already questions surrounding Austin’s work ethic and character. A suspension prevents Austin from repairing those doubts.

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