EWU suspends LB for late hit on Vernon Adams

Eastern Washington head football coach Beau Baldwin announced today that linebacker John Kreifels has been suspended for at least the team’s next game, which takes place against Northern Iowa on Saturday.

Baldwin’s announcement was reported by John Taylor of NBC Sports’ College Football Talk.

Kreifels made headlines last weekend after he had a late hit on Adams in the fourth quarter, and Adams was taken out of the game for concussion evaluations. Adams ended up being fine and plans to play against Michigan State this weekend, but Kreifels was ejected on a targeting penalty just the same.

Even if he was not suspended for this weekend’s game, he would have had to sit out the first half per rules.

On his personal Twitter page, which is private, Kreifels said the following.

“I have to admit the taunting at the end of the game was immature on my part and in poor taste,” Kreifels wrote on his private Twitter account. “However, I must say that it is never my intention to take a cheap shot, but to always try my best while going 100% for my team. By the time he was sliding, I had already begun to dive. My goal was never to harm anyone but to go for the ball. Football is my life and I always give it everything I have.”

Regardless of how Kreifels feels personally, the fact remains that he still did what he did and is now paying the price. Hopefully, he misses just the one game and never finds himself in trouble for this reason again.

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