Colorado suspended wide receivers Jeffrey Thomas and DaVaughn Thornton and a third player, linebacker Jermane Clark, left the program voluntarily after being involved in an air gun incident Saturday.
Thomas and Thornton were in separate cars pulled over and surrounding by 10 Bounder police officers who were responding to reports of a gunman pointing a weapon at another car. Witnesses who reported the incident believed what turned out to be an air gun was a loaded weapon.
Players were reportedly hostile when forced from their cars at gunpoint. No players were arrested or cited in the incident that involved six other players.
Coach Jon Embree said Thomas and Thornton were suspended for the first two games of the season, against Colorado State and Sacramento State.
"For the most part, our players, with an exception here or there, have done a great job of trying to be the type of citizens that we want and that we want our fans to be proud of," he said. "I know no charges were filed and any of that, but at the end of the day, we don't behave that way. There is no gray area when you behave like those guys behaved. They've been punished appropriately."