Huskies Suspend Fredrick From Team
SEATTLE (AP) _ Freshman receiver Charles Fredrick has been suspended indefinitely from the Washington football team for missing spring practices.
Frederick, a highly touted recruit from Florida who also plays basketball for the Huskies, missed two mandatory workouts this week. It is unlikely he will return to the team, football coach Rick Neuheisel said Thursday night.
``If we stand around and wait for him it holds up the whole train, so we are moving on,″ Neuheisel said.
Frederick told Washington officials he plans to stay in school and focus just on basketball. If he becomes an athlete on a basketball scholarship, however, he can no longer play football.
``I just needed a break,″ Frederick said Thursday. ``If I get a break, I think I probably will get back into it.″
He sprained his right shoulder in a football scrimmage April 12. Frederick missed a treatment session Monday morning and then had to do extra running after that night’s practice as punishment. He then missed practice Tuesday, treatment Wednesday and practice Thursday.
It’s been a strange year for Frederick, one of three Washington players from Pope John Paul II High in Boca Raton, Fla.
Last fall, Frederick walked out of practice following an argument with another player and skipped two practices. He apologized, met with Neuheisel and returned.
He played mostly on special teams for the Huskies in 2001 as a punt returner. Frederick, who did not catch a pass this season, returned 13 punts for 190 yards, a 14.6 average.