By Jesse Wood
Aug. 23, 2013. On Thursday evening, ASU Athletics announced that two players – including a preseason All-American – were suspended from the football team for rules violations.
This comes after Sean Price, 20, of Reston, Va., was arrested for intoxication and being “disruptive” last Sunday night about 2 a.m. at 161 Howard Street, according to a Boone Police Department arrest report. He was held in the Watauga County Detention Center with a secured bond of $1,000 and has a court date of Sept. 19.
Price, a standout wide receiver in his sophomore year, shattered FCS freshman records for receptions held by Cal State Northridge’s Drew Amerson in 1999 and receiving yards by Marshall’s Randy Moss, who has had a very successful career in the NFL, in 1996. In just 10 games as a redshirt freshman, Price caught 81 passes for 1,196 yards and eight touchdowns in 2012. (See more on his accolades here.)
Price has been suspended for an undetermined number of games for a violation of team rules, according to the release from ASU Athletics, which also announced that reserve quarterback Kalik Barnes has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities due to a violation of NCAA rules.
“We hold our student-athletes to high standards as representatives of our program, our University and our community,” ASU head coach Scott Satterfield said in a statement. “The decisions that Kalik and Sean made did not meet those standards and, therefore, there are consequences. Sean’s suspension comes with a number of conditions that have to be met, not the least of which is re-earning the trust of the University, the community and his coaches and teammates. We hope that he will meet these conditions and be able to return to the field at some point in the future.”
The release also included a statement of Price apologizing for his actions.
“I’d like to say ‘I’m sorry’ to my teammates and coaches, [Appalachian State Chancellor] Dr. [Kenneth] Peacock and the campus and local communities for the ill-advised decisions that I made that led to my suspension,” Price said. “My actions were ill-advised and immature and don’t reflect how I want to represent my team and my school. I hope to have the opportunity to return to the field and represent Appalachian State in a positive way.”
ASU Football plays its first game of the 2013 season away against Montana on Aug. 31.