Bryce Givens
Bryce Givens (File photo)

Bryce Givens, 22, a former tackle for the University of Colorado football team who was suspended in January for vandalism, was arrested in a Boulder robbery case this week and won't be returning to the team.

Boulder police arrested Givens and Jonathan Miller, 20, who plays football for Syracuse University and was Givens' teammate at Mullen High School in Denver, on suspicion of punching and robbing a man early Wednesday morning.

The 21-year-old victim said he was walking home from downtown Boulder at around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday when he was approached by two men near 13th Street and College Avenue. One of the men punched him in the face, he said. The victim told police the two men then took his cash and cell phone before running into a residence in the 900 block of College Avenue. He then called police from a nearby friend's house.

Police suspect that Miller was the one who threw the punch. He was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault, robbery and possession of a fake ID, while Givens was arrested on suspicion of robbery. Both are free on bond.

Givens was already suspended from the team and CU following an incident in January when he was caught on surveillance kicking car doors in a private parking garage in Denver, but he would have had a chance to play for the Buffs in 2012 if he had stayed out of trouble.

After CU's first day of practice Thursday, head coach Jon Embree said Givens would not be returning to the team.

“That ship has sailed,” Embree said. “It was a long, long, long, long shot from the beginning, but now that ship has sailed.”

Miller is a sophomore quarterback for Syracuse. He did not appear in any games in 2010.

Camera sports writer Kyle Ringo contributed to this story.