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Warren’s shoplift leaves Utes thin

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Shoplifting a $10 item from a Salt Lake Smith's store was a pretty costly decision for Ute junior starting receiver Paris Warren.

Warren was suspended for Saturday's experience at Texas A&M, and coach Urban Meyer has revoked his scholarship for Spring 2004 semester.

Warren also has been forced to move out of his off-campus housing and into a campus dormitory. The disciplinary measures were supported by the team's Leadership Committee.

Warren had a team-high seven catches for 103 yards and a touchdown in his first Ute game last week against Utah State. He sat out a transfer year last season after moving from Oregon in 2002.

To make up for not having its top receiver to lead an already-thin receiving corps, junior defensive back Bo Nagahi was also employed on the offensive side of the ball and started the first play of Utah's opening series. "We'll probably keep Bo in a dual role all season," Meyer said.

Nagahi, however, fumbled a shovel pass to him with about 7 minutes to go in the first quarter, giving A&M the ball on its own 16-yard line. A 50-yard pass bailed the Aggies out of their red zone and set up their second score, thanks to the fumble possession.

Redshirt freshman Steve Savoy moved up to first-team punt returner with Warren's absence.

HUMIDITY FACTOR: The Utes had prepared all week for the famed heat and humidity of southern Texas, but at kickoff, humidity was only 39 percent, and the temperature was 87 degrees.

SPARKLING: Perhaps you weren't able to see it for a televised night game, but Utah's helmets have little sparkles incorporated into the red paint. Utah also has some changes in the uniform with white pants and jerseys, with a black stripe down the sides of the jerseys and continuing down the side of the pants. There's also a black stripe around the back of the collar.

AWAY WE GO: Under Ron McBride, Utah's football team wore warmup suits for traveling. Under Urban Meyer, they wear ties and dress shirts, at least. A few wore sport coats, too. Also, instead of leaving from Salt Lake International's executive terminal, the Utes went through the Delta terminal for their chartered flight.

STILL GOING: Meyer's former team, Bowling Green, continued the success it had under Meyer last season, when the Falcons were ranked as high as 20th nationally. They are 2-0 in 2003 thanks to a 27-26 upset win at Purdue Saturday, their first win over a ranked team since 1972.

NOTES: Injured tailback Marty Johnson did not make the trip to College Station.