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RB'S PUNCH ENDS HIS OREGON PLAYING CAREER

Compiled from Times wires

EUGENE, Ore. - A day after Oregon's season opened, it ended for running back LeGarrette Blount.

Blount was suspended for all remaining games Friday for punching Boise State defensive end Byron Hout in the jaw after the 16th-ranked Ducks' 19-8 loss to the 14th-ranked Broncos the night before.

Because he's a senior, Blount's playing days in Eugene are over.

Coach Chip Kelly told Blount of his decision after reviewing the incident. "Football at the University of Oregon is a privilege, and with that privilege goes responsibilities," Kelly said.

Blount, who carried eight times for minus-5 yards during the game, was approached by Hout, who yelled in his face and tapped him on the shoulder pad.

As Broncos coach Chris Petersen grabbed Hout, Blount connected with Hout's jaw, then backpedaled away. Blount also had to be restrained by police as fans heckled him on the way to the locker room.

"That's not what we stand for and it's unacceptable," Kelly said.

Blount, 22, will remain on scholarship and can practice with the team.

"He is taking this very hard," Kelly said. "He understands he made a mistake. ... But we're not going to throw LeGarrette Blount out on the street."

Blount, a 6-2, 240-pound transfer from East Mississippi Community College, rushed for 1,002 yards last season. He is from Madison, about an hour east of Tallahassee, and starred at Taylor County High. In February, he was suspended indefinitely from the Ducks for "failure to fulfill team obligations." He was reinstated in the spring practice.

Hout won't be suspended for taunting Blount, who apologized for his actions after the game.

"It was just something that I shouldn't have done," he said. "I lost my head."

School president Richard Lariviere called Blount's behavior "reprehensible."

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