MESA, Ariz. -- Arizona State football coach Dirk Koetter suspended two players after they were charged with aggravated assault and criminal trespassing, a newspaper reported Thursday.
The East Valley Tribune identified the pair as linebacker Barton
Hammit and defensive end Matt Mason, who are accused in a beating
that left another student with bruises and facial lacerations.
Hammit, a junior from Dallas, and Mason, a senior from Phoenix,
allegedly entered the student's Tempe apartment by force early on
Oct. 10 and began beating him.
Tempe spokesman Jeff Lane told the newspaper that Hammit, who
lives in the same complex, was arrested after two women sent
officers to the victim's apartment.
Hammit, booked into the Maricopa County Jail in Phoenix, also was charged with criminal damage.
Lane told the newspaper police had not been able to locate
Mason, who fled the scene. Mason was charged with the felony
assault charge and misdemeanor trespassing based on the student's
identifying him as the second attacker.
The case has been sent to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.
Koetter suspended the players before Saturday's 59-14 win over
Hammit, a second-stringer, had registered five
tackles in five previous games.
Mason, who played two years at Glendale Community College, saw
limited action in 12 games last season and was demoted to the scout
team this season.
The incident was the second involving Arizona State players this
Defensive end Nick Johnson, who was arrested July 28 for
criminal damage and assault in a domestic violence case, was
dismissed from the team last week. His legal case is still pending.