The Eastern Michigan Eagles are going to go into the start of the 2016 season without their starting quarterback.
Brogan Roback was the Eagles' primary option at quarterback last season as previous starter Reginald Bell III was dealing with a nagging leg injury. Head coach Chris Creighton was mum as to what exactly happened, but called the situation "disappointing" in an interview with the Detroit Free Press.
"With the privilege of being a member of the Eastern Michigan University football program there are expectations and standards to which we hold our student-athletes accountable," Creighton told the Free Press in an email. "Unfortunately, Brogan has been suspended due to a violation of our policies."
The timing couldn't be worse for the program, as their first game against FCS opponent Mississippi Valley State on Friday, Sept. 2, which is just over a week and a half away.
Roback had ten starts but made appearances in all 12 games, compiling 2,304 yards, 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions last season and was returning as the clear starter. It is yet to be known how long the suspension will last for Roback.
Todd Porter, a recent JUCO transfer from Garden City (KS) CC, appears to be the likeliest starter in Roback's absence. Porter, formerly of Western Kentucky, threw for 1,218 yards and 10 touchdowns in his JUCO season.
Porter also rushed for six touchdowns and had a receiving touchdown as a Broncbuster. Porter made one appearance as a Hilltopper against FCS Morgan State.
Isaac Stiebeling, James Pensyl and Anton Skupin are the other three quarterbacks listed on the roster. Bell transferred from the program this past offseason.