Two SJSU football players suspended for season

November 14, 2012, 9:25 pm
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Two players on the SJSU football team have been suspended for the rest of the season due to a violation of team policy, head coach Mike MacIntyre said Wednesday.Senior running back David Freeman and redshirt freshman wide receiver Chris Kearney will not see another snap this season after they were suspended on Friday before making the teams trip to New Mexico to take on New Mexico State.MacIntyre could not give further comment on the issue but said that the teams depth will make up for Freemans and Kearneys absence.The game of football, like every sport, but especially in football, there are injuries and different things that happen, MacIntyre said. Thats why when you come to practice, the second team is practicing just as much as the first team. We feel like we have more depth and the ability to overcome that. We hate missing those guys, wed like to have them here but it gives an opportunity to someone else.Thats why you need depth; thats why you need 85 scholarships; thats why you need a good walk-on program. Its not just two or three players that make a team.Freemans final numbers this season, closing out a college career he began at the University of Washington, are 73 total rushing yards on 21 carries, 2 catches for 76 yards and two touchdowns (one rushing). One of those catches, a 78-yard touchdown snag-and-run against the University of Texas-San Antonio, is the longest play from scrimmage for the Spartans this season.Freeman will not play another down in his collegiate career, capping his career numbers on the ground at 458 total yards on 107 carries and three touchdowns.Running back Jason Simpson will mostly likely take over Freemans role as the teams backup running back behind starter DeLeon Eskridge. Once sophomore Tyler Ervin returns from a right shoulder injury, he will assume the backup role and Simpson will be dropped to third-string.Kearney, a backup wide receiver without a single catch this season, has seen most of his field time this season on special teams. His most significant contribution to this season was a recovered fumble for a touchdown against UTSA.SJSU takes on Brigham-Young University this Saturday at Spartan Stadium. The game has been picked up by ESPN2 and will be televised. Kickoff has been moved to 7:30 p.m. PST to accommodate the change in broadcast.