Provo » BYU's already thin defensive line took another hit Thursday afternoon with the announcement from coach Bronco Mendenhall that defensive end Bernard Afutiti is academically ineligible to compete in the 2009 season.
"Bernard has been ruled academically ineligible to play this coming season," Mendenhall said in a school news release. "He will remain in school and work on becoming eligible to compete again as a senior in the 2010 season."
Afutiti is a 6-1, 262-pounder who transferred from Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif., prior to the 2008 season.
Afutiti missed most of spring camp for academic reasons as well.
He is the third defensive lineman who will not be with the team this fall. Previously, Russell Tialavea and Ian Dulan announced they are going on church missions.