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Fresno State football: 'Dogs suspend four players ahead of Hawaii Bowl

For a team that's had its depth tested throughout the season, losing role players ahead of their tilt with the Owls simply continues a frustrating trend.

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Starting defensive lineman Maurice Poyadue and three other Fresno State Bulldogs will not participate in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, following an unspecified violation of athletic department policy.

As was first reported by Robert Kuwada of the Fresno Bee, three of the four suspensions will affect the defensive side of the ball.  Poyadue was a starter alongside Tyeler Davison and Todd Hunt, and will likely be replaced in the rotation by Claudelle Louis and Nathan Madsen.  The junior from Martinez will finish 2014 with 23 total tackles in thirteen games.

More concerning, however, will be the absences of Michael Lazarus and Xavier Ulutu, both of whom have seen playing time at inside linebacker as freshmen.  Lazarus played in only seven games this year and had already missed the last two against Hawaii and Boise State, while Ulutu saw the field in each of Fresno's thirteen games.

Jeff Camilli will receive a few more snaps behind starters Kyrie Wilson and Karl Mickelsen because he is already listed on the two-deep ahead of the bowl, though Tobenna Okeke and T.J. Thomas are likely to see some action, too.  They are the only other ILBs listed on the roster.

The fourth player suspended is wide receiver Myles Carr, who did not see the field much after converting from quarterback last offseason.