San Diego State suspends five players for first six games

San Diego State University’s football team has suspended five players for the first six games of the upcoming season, including offensive lineman Darrell Greene.

Sophomore cornerback Billy Vaughn Jr., sophomore linebacker Fred Melifonwu, third-string sophomore cornerback Derek Babiash and sophomore fullback Parker Wells were the other players suspended.

Tod Leonard of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported the story.

Per Aztecs head coach Rocky Long, the suspensions were for a “violation of team rules,” and he did not elaborate much beyond that.

“Stuff like this seems to happen from time to time,” Long said. “It’s a disappointing deal. These are young people who make mistakes and you have to discipline them.”

It must have been one major violation, as six games apiece for five players seems quite lengthy for simply breaking a rule. The absence of Greene in particular leaves San Diego State with a major hole, as the Aztecs were struggling to put experienced players on its offensive line.

However, the fact of the matter is that Long feels he is doing what’s best for the team, and these young men will surely be reinstated once they have done their time.

San Diego State went 7-6 (5-3 Mountain West) in 2014 and lost to Navy in the Poinsettia Bowl. The team opens the 2015 campaign at home against the San Diego Toreros on September 5.

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