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Arizona State football update: Mike Pennel suspended indefinitely

Defensive tackle Mike Pennel has been suspended indefinitely for not meeting the standards expected by coach Todd Graham.

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Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Arizona State has suspended defensive tackle Mike Pennel for failing to meet head coach Todd Graham's standards, the team announced Tuesday.

Said Graham to The Arizona Republic:

"I'm not lowering our standards, period," Graham said. "Bottom line, that's what it is. We're never excited about stuff like (this). It's difficult, but at the end of the day, we're going to do things one way. We're going to do things the right way."

It's the second suspension in a month for Pennel. The transfer from Scottsdale Community College was suspended for the Illinois game but played as part of the second unit against Missouri and Utah.

Pennel was not at Tuesday's practice.

Jaxon Hood has held down the spot in front of Pennel, the 6'5, 355-pound tackle, who initially committed to Arkansas. After not playing against Utah on Saturday, Pennel sent off a string of frustrated tweets, according to House Of Sparky. He later tweeted that he would "be a better person" from the situation.

In three games, Pennel recorded three tackles.