The Utah State Aggies are down one of their key playmakers for the upcoming season as had coach Matt Wells announced late Sunday night that wide receiver and kick returner Jojo Natson has been dismissed from the team for violation of team rules.
"We are extremely disappointed anytime we have to make a decision regarding the future of one of our student-athletes," said Wells in a statement from the school. "We will continue to support JoJo as he moves forward in his career."
This is not the first time that Natson has gotten into trouble. Last summer, he was arrested on charges of theft for allegedly diverting school funds intended for a fellow teammate. This was eventually reduced to a Class C misdemeanor after pleading guilty and he spent a night in jail, had to pay a fine and served probation.
Another incident involving Natson had him being suspended just before Utah State's game at Hawaii, and for violating team rules. So this third time was the tipping point for Utah State, and they kicked him off the team.
This is a big loss for Utah State as Natson is one of the best, and most explosive, players on this Aggies team. As a junior, Natson was named to the first-team all-Mountain West honors as a punt returner with a pair of touchdowns. Natson was earning preseason honors as we was named to Phil Steele's fourth-team All-American squad as a returner, and within the Mountain West was named as the first-team returner and fourth team wide receiver.
For his career, the junior had 127 career receptions, 1,031 yards and five receiving touchdowns. Overall, Natson was just the 17th player in school history with 100 receptions and the 32nd player in school history with 1,000 career receiving yards. Natson was also a threat in the running game with 611 yards on 80 attempts that resulted in six touchdowns.
The versatility of Natson will be missed and this puts a big dent into the Aggies chances of competing for the Mountain Division, and those odds were not the best since Boise State was already considered the overwhelming favorite even before Natson was dismissed from the team.