Sam Bruce’s college career will start with a suspension.
The freshman wide receiver, Miami’s highest-rated 2016 recruit, will be suspended for Saturday’s season-opener, a source told The Post on Wednesday.
The suspension, for months reported to be a possibility, is believed to stem from his high school days. Bruce left Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas on Feb. 16 after an incident that allegedly involved him holding a gun in a photo. He finished his classes at Cooper City-Westlake Prep.
Bruce was not permitted to speak to reporters during the team’s annual media day Aug. 8. UM freshmen are usually off-limits for interviews until they see game action, but are typically made available that day.
Miami is thin at wide receiver — it has eight healthy scholarship players, four of whom have never worn a Hurricanes uniform — so Bruce will be needed this season.
Bruce (5-8, 180), who stuck with UM despite a flirtation with Ohio State, was rated high as No. 7 among wideouts by Rivals.com.
“Sam’s a real quick, twitchy guy,” sophomore cornerback Sheldrick Redwine said recently. “In the slot, he’s a demon to cover.”
When asked about Bruce’s progress in camp, coach Mark Richt noted the receiver was behind because he enrolled in July — with the second wave of summer arrivals, late by today’s standards — and was learning to play two roles, flanker and slot receiver.
“He’s still learning,” Richt said on Aug. 16, midway through camp. “That’s part of his issue — just not being certain of what to do.” Then Richt, chuckling, relayed a story from that day’s practice, about how Bruce ran the wrong route but caught the ball — and scored anyway.
“I would say he has pretty good ball skills. He has great quickness and speed. He has not unbelievable speed, but he has very good game speed. He competes. that’s one thing I like about him. … At the end of the practice, he still got a lot of juice. He still goes fast, and some guys kind of run out of gas on a [hot] day like this, but he tends to be in the kind of condition where he can keep going.”