Wyoming suspends Maluia for season opener

Wyoming Cowboys linebacker Cassh Maluia (46) started all 13 games in 2017.Photo Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

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Wyoming linebacker Cassh Maluia was suspended for the season opener in the wake of his arrest a week ago.

Cowboys coach Craig Bohl announced Friday that Maluia will miss the game against New Mexico State on Aug. 25.

Maluia was arrested on June 30 in Laramie, Wyo., on multiple charges, including suspicion of driving under the influence. He also was charged with underage consumption of alcohol and driving without a valid driver’s license.

“Cassh Maluia will be subject to several disciplinary actions,” Bohl said in a statement. “He will be assessed a one-game suspension for this coming season. … We also view this as a learning opportunity, not just for Cassh, but for the rest of our team members.”

Bohn also noted that Maluia faces additional disciplinary action that will require mandatory counseling, the completion of an AWARE training program on campus and 50 hours of community service.

The 19-year-old Maluia started all 13 games for the Cowboys in 2017, finishing fourth on the team with 74 tackles, including 3.5 for loss, and registering one sack and one interception.

The 6-foot, 230-pound Maluia appeared in 13 games as a true freshman in 2016, finishing with 16 tackles.

The Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune reported that Maluia also was arrested in August 2016 for underage consumption of alcohol. He was found guilty and paid a $145 fine, according to the newspaper.

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