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San Diego State Suspends Five Football Players for Six Games

San Diego State head football coach Rocky Long announced Monday that five different players have been suspended for six games for violation of team rules. The players include: Darrell Greene (starting right guard), cornerback Billy Vaughn Jr., cornerback Derek Babiash, linebacker Fred Melifonwu and fullback Parker Wells.

Long did not specify the nature of the violations, but all players will miss the first six games of the 2015 season.

More from Tod Leonard of The San Diego Union-Tribune:

“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.”

Greene’s suspension is particularly problematic for a team that was already working to fill holes in the offensive line. Coming out of spring, Greene was listed as the starter at right guard, backed up by converted tight end Robert Craighead and Sergio Phillips, who moved over from the defensive line.

In Greene’s absence, the Aztecs will have two returning starters on the line – left guard Nico Siragusa and right tackle Pearce Slater. The Aztecs are having to look at several centers after last year’s starter, Lenicio Noble, was dismissed from the team before spring. Kwayde Miller is slated to be the first-time starter at left tackle.

San Diego State is coming off a season that saw them go 7-6 (5-3 in the Mountain West conference) and lose to Navy in the Poinsettia Bowl. The Aztecs will open their 2015 season when they host San Diego on September 5.

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