Michigan State head coach Mel Tucker and vice president and athletic director Alan Haller jointly announced that four other players have been suspended from the team, effective immediately: senior linebacker Jacoby Windmon, true freshman cornerback Malcom Jones, redshirt junior defensive back Justin White and senior defensive end Brandon Wright.
The four additional players suspended following the postgame tunnel incident at Michigan on Saturday night now bring the total number to eight. On Sunday night, Tucker and Haller announced that redshirt sophomore linebacker Tank Brown, redshirt sophomore cornerback Khary Crump, junior defensive back Angelo Grose and true freshman defensive end Zion Young have been suspended with immediate effect for their filmed actions.
Tucker and Haller made it clear in their statement announcing the suspensions that “we are working transparently with law enforcement and the Big Ten Conference to assess additional facts and evidence surrounding the events in Ann Arbor.”
Tucker and Haller went on to say that they “will continue to take appropriate action in this matter as we learn more. The student-athlete suspensions will remain in place until investigations are completed. »
The latest suspensions follow other video evidence reviewed by Haller and Tucker as part of the ongoing investigation. At least some of these images were publicly revealed on Twitter yesterday.
Windmon’s suspension is particularly noteworthy given the recent video. He was named team captain for the game against Michigan. Windmon was also named Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Wisconsin and Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Week after Michigan State’s 35-13 win over Western Michigan. He is also the first Spartan to be named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week three times in a single season.
Defensive end Brandon Wright has played in all eight games this season. The senior had a season high with five tackles and a sack against Wisconsin.
Cornerback Justin White has played in all eight games this season. The redshirt junior had a season-high 11 tackles against Ohio State.
Cornerback Malcolm Jones has only played three games this season. The true freshman didn’t play against Michigan on Saturday night, but did make a tackle against Washington in Seattle.
Michigan State has four games left in the season with a trip to No. 14/13 Illinois this coming Saturday on the schedule. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time, with the game being broadcast by the Big Ten Network.
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