Oregon RB LeGarrette Blount Suspended for the Season

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Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount, who sucker punched a Boise State player after a Thursday night loss, can say goodbye to the season, and to his career. He's been suspended for the remainder of the 2009 season and, as he's a senior, that will end his NCAA career as well.

Boise State defensive end Byron Hout, celebrating the victory of the 14th-ranked Broncos over the 16th-ranked Ducks' 19-8, yelled in LeGarrette Blount's face and tapped him on the shoulder pad. Blount then knocked Hout to his knees with a punch to his jaw.

While LeGarrette Blount will be suspended through the season, and any possible bowl game as well, Hout will not be for taunting Blount. Blount will remain on scholarship and will be able to practice with the team.

LeGarrette Blount is a 6-foot-2, 240-pound transfer from East Mississippi CC. He rushed for 1,002 yards and a school-record 17 touchdowns last season. However, on Thursday night, he had eight carries for a loss of five yards.

At Oregon's Duck Store at Autzen Stadium, LeGarrette Blount jerseys were taken down and stored behind the desk, no longer for sale. In the past two weeks they had been among the hottest selling items.

While LeGarrette Blount's NCAA career is done, what about his NFL career? Will he get a chance, or will NFL owners and coaches see him as a bad seed? He'll have a long time until next year's draft to see if one mistake just cost him his livelihood.

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