NDSU: Jackson dismissed from team
North Dakota State football coach Craig Bohl announced today quarterback Troy Jackson has been dismissed from the team, and wide receiver-return specialist Shamen Washington, defensive end Garrett Johnson and quarterback Jose Mohler have been suspended from the team indefinitely.
"Once the legal and university disciplinary processes are completed, and I have had a chance to have discussions with these officials about the outcome of these processes, this could lead to permanent dismissal from the team," Bohl said.
Jackson, who was charged with marijuana possession in February, was dismissed due to repeated, off-field issues unrelated to the possession charge. Washington, Johnson and Mohler were cited for driving under the influence.
"The last thing these three need to think about right now is football. They need to get their personal lives together," Bohl said. "Playing football is a privilege, not a right, and the players need to realize they are held to a higher standard. This type of behavior is not tolerated, never has been and never will be. It goes against who we are as a football program."
Bohl said Washington, Johnson and Mohler will be required to perform community service during their suspension. This is above and beyond what the legal system may require. Bohl said he is working with the NDSU Alcohol and Other Drugs Programs and the Counseling Center on a long-term drug and alcohol prevention strategy. This is in addition to the efforts the athletic department is currently doing on an on-going basis.
Jackson, a 6-foot-1, 221-pound senior from Los Angeles, played in three games after transferring from Los Angeles Valley College. He completed 3 of 6 passes for 24 yards.
Washington, a 5-foot-6½, 147-pound senior from St. Petersburg, Fla., played in three games before being sidelined by a knee injury in 2008. He had received an NCAA waiver of the five-year period of eligibility to compete during the 2009 season in January.
Johnson, a 6-foot-4, 256-pound sophomore from Chaska, Minn., played in all 11 games including one start in 2008. He recorded 21 tackles.
Mohler, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound redshirt freshman from Cardiff, Calif., was a redshirt in the NDSU football program in 2008.
The Bison open the season at Iowa State on Sept. 3.