University of Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst suspended sophomore wide receiver Danny Davis for two games Wednesday after his involvement in an alleged sexual assault became public.
“Based on the information I have available to me at this time, I have decided to suspend Danny Davis for the first two games of the season,” Chryst said in a UW release. “Should further information become available that warrants a reevaluation of the length of the suspension, I will assess that information.
“We have a high standard of conduct within our football program and we cannot accept behavior that is not consistent with that standard.”
Davis will miss games against Western Kentucky and New Mexico before returning against BYU on Sept. 15. Per the release, Davis will be allowed to practice with the team during his suspension.
Davis’ roommate, Badgers junior wide receiver Quintez Cephus, was charged Monday with second- and third-degree sexual assault of two intoxicated women. According to a criminal complaint, Davis allegedly laughed and took photos of the women.
Cephus released a statement Saturday declaring his innocence and announcing that he’ll take a leave of absence from the team.
After charges were filed against Cephus on Monday, UW Athletic Director Barry Alvarez announced Cephus had been suspended from the team for violating the Student-Athlete Discipline Policy, which bars him from practices and games. Cephus will appear in court Thursday at 10:30 a.m.
When asked by the State Journal on Monday whether Davis might also face charges connected to the incident, District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said, “I don’t think I can answer that right now.”
Without Cephus and Davis, the Badgers still have a strong group of wide receivers heading into their season-opening game Aug. 31 against Western Kentucky at Camp Randall Stadium.
Junior A.J. Taylor and sophomore Kendric Pryor are proven at the position, while true freshman Aron Cruickshank could become a playmaker as well after impressing this offseason.
Sophomores Adam Krumholz and Jack Dunn could battle for the fourth spot on the depth chart in the absence of Cephus and Davis.