Northern Illinois suspends player who appeared to intentionally poke San Diego State RB in eye

SAN DIEGO, CA - Pileups in football are no place to be. There is no telling what might happen.

For instance, hands can get caught in facemasks, among other places. Usually unintentionally. Sometimes, however, on purpose.

On Saturday, it appeared Northern Illinois linebacker Antonio Jones-Davis stuck his fingers inside the facemask of San Diego State star running back Rashaad Penny.

Penny temporarily had to leave the field. He went into the locker room and came back out with a visor installed in his facemask.

Penny returned, gained 107 yards on 25 carries and added a 33-yard touchdown reception and the Aztecs held on to win 34-28.

On Sunday, Northern Illinois announced that it had suspended Jones-Davis for the Huskies' next contest.

 “In speaking to Antonio today, he has taken full responsibility for his actions and voiced to me his disappointment in himself that he embarrassed the university and the football program," Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey said in a statement provided to College Football Talk.

"On behalf of our football program, I want to apologize to San Diego State, Coach (Rocky) Long and SDSU player Rashaad Penny. Antonio and I will be reaching out personally to them in the near future.

“I’m confident Antonio, and our entire team, will learn from this incident and be better going forward.”

 

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