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Regis suspended for Georgia Tech after punching UNC receiver in groin

CORAL GABLES -- Micanor Regis won't be suiting up for the Canes against Georgia Tech Saturday. He's punched his way out of the starting lineup and onto the suspended list.

The 6-3, 300-pound senior defensive tackle was suspended by UM coach Al Golden Thursday for what was described as a violation of team rules. The rule Regis broke? He was caught on film punching North Carolina receiver Dwight Jones in the groin early in the third quarter.

"Micanor's actions in the North Carolina game will not be tolerated," Golden said in a statement released by the school. "We expect our players to represent our program with class on and off the field, and when they do not, there are consequences. Quite honestly I'm embarrassed and I just apologized to Coach Withers and shared that sentiment. We do not teach, nor will we ever condone this type of behavior in our football program."

Regis has started all six games this season and leads all defensive linemen with 25 tackles. He also has three tackles for a loss, one sack, and two pass breakups.

With Regis out, the Hurricanes will likely start senior Adewale Ojomo (6-4, 265) and junior Darius Smith (6-3, 335) at tackle. Freshmen Olsen Pierre (6-4, 265) and Jalen Grimble (6-2, 280) would provide depth.

"I'm truly sorry for my foolish actions Saturday during the North Carolina game," Regis said in a statement released by the school. "It was hurtful, wrong, and embarrassing to both football programs, to both schools, and to the millions of college football fans that were watching. Specifically, I want to apologize to Dwight Jones, coach Withers, and the entire UNC football program. I am hoping and praying that you all forgive me for my actions."

Georgia Tech averages 347 rushing yards per game.