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U. suspends embattled linebacker

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Utah junior linebacker Zach Tune has been suspended from participating in any football-team activities by coach Urban Meyer after the coach confirmed for himself Monday that Tune was cited by law enforcement on suspicion of being a minor in possession of alcohol and marijuana.

As of Tuesday morning, Tune was excluded from weightlifting, summer training and other team activities.

"Zach is suspended until the legal system reaches a decision on his case," said Meyer in a prepared statement. "Until then, he needs to see that behavior of this kind is unacceptable in our program. Once we have more information on the charges against him, we will determine an appropriate course of disciplinary action."

Tune was arrested and booked into Salt Lake County Jail early May 25 after being stopped for speeding on I-15 at 8700 South. A Utah Highway Patrol officer noted the odor of alcohol on Tune's breath and administered a field sobriety test, which Tune failed, and a Breathalyzer test, for which results were not discussed.

At the time, Tune was 20. His 21st birthday was June 3.

Tune was booked for investigation of DUI, a small amount of marijuana found in his car, along with some drug paraphernalia, speeding and an outstanding Salt Lake City warrant from a May 2002 Class C misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct for public urination. Tune had failed to appear for a court hearing on that charge, so an arrest warrant was issued.

Tune came out of spring practices listed as a co-starter at middle linebacker. He started the first four games of 2002 until he separated a shoulder and missed two games.