By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Appalachian State Mountaineers are dealing with some distractions in their camp. Head coach Jerry Moore had to make the decision to remove two players from its roster.
John Rizor, who was expected to be the team’s starting linebacker, and quarterback Malik Barnes were dismissed. All we know at this time is that both players violated the team’s rules.
We do not know what they did at this time. And we may not know, as this may be kept in house, as the football team prepares for the season.
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“John and Kalik made decisions that are not consistent with what we expect from members of our program,” Moore said. “My hope is that this will serve as a learning experience not only for John and Kalik but for every player in our program.”
Rizor was a three-year starter at the bandit position. He had 112 tackles, including 17 tackles for a loss.
He also had 9.5 sacks over the last two seasons.
Barnes was a redshirt player during the 2010 season. He was the team’s third-string quarterback during the 2011 season.
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He made his collegiate debut against the Western Carolina Catamounts.
The Mountaineers begin their season on September 1st at noon EST. They play the East Carolina Pirates at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville, North Carolina on FSN.
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