Notre Dame suspends leading rusher

Notre Dame senior running back Cierre Wood has reportedly been suspended for the first two games of the upcoming season.

According to the South Bend Tribune, Wood will miss Saturday's game against Navy in Ireland and a September 8 contest against Purdue due to a violation of team rules.

The same report indicated defensive end Justin Utupo will also miss the first two games for a violation of team rules.

Wood rushed for a team-high 1,102 yards last season and scored nine times on the ground. He also caught 27 passes for 189 yards,

Notre Dame, which is not ranked heading into the season, will also be without junior quarterback Tommy Rees and senior inside linebacker Carlo Calabrese against Navy due to previously handed-down suspensions.