NC State suspends seven players after BB gun incident

Monday October 13th, 2014

North Carolina State has suspended seven players for its upcoming game agianst Louisville after the players were involved in an incident involving a BB gun, according to Joe Giglio of The News & Observer.

The seven players are LB Jerod Fernandez, S Josh Jones, DT Justin Jones, WR Jumichael Ramos, DE Pharoah McKever, WR Johnathan Alston and CB Mike Stevens. Five redshirt players were also involved and were placed on team probation, reports the Sporting News

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Fernandez and Jones are starters, according to Giglio. Fernandez has 45 tackles and has caught two interceptions this season, while Jones has 25 tackles and an interception. 

From a statement by head coach Dave Doeren:

"These are good young men who made a mistake in not recognizing that this activity could have resulted in someone being injured. We have discussed this with them and they understand that they are being held responsible for their actions. The information was referred to the university's office of student conduct as well. Our players admitted their mistake and we will help them learn from it."

Last week, East Carolina suspended three freshmen scout football team players following a BB gun incident that caused a local elementary school to be locked down for 10 minutes. 

In September, four Kentucky freshmen were suspended for their involvement in a pellet-gun incident that caused the campus to go on lockdown. 

Clemson freshman QB Watson out one month

The Wolfpack have lost three straight since starting the season 4-0. They play at Louisville (5-2) on Saturday. 

- Molly Geary

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