The San Jose State Spartans lost a pair of defenders on Tuesday as the San Jose Mercury News is reporting that linebacker Mose Saucedo who tore his ACL and junior college transfer Victor Vernon left school to go home to Chicago to help his family and go to school part time. Vernon was considered a prize recruit for the coaching staff, but it looks like family needed him back home.
Saucedo was to make a big impact this year for the Spartans as a starter on the defense. Last year, the linebacker played in 12 games while starting in four. Saucedo had 23 tackles last year, including one for a loss, but he was expected to be a key player in 2014.
"[He] went to tackle and his knee got torqued the wrong way. It was just a freak thing," head coach Ron Caragher said.
"It's a tough deal because he was having a good fall camp and competing for a potential starting spot."
Look for redshirt freshman William Ossai, a local San Jose product, to take over the spot that is not open by Saucedo's season-ending injury.