Harper, Jones released from scholarships

Updated: January 4, 2006, 6:00 PM ET
Associated Press

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Two more New Mexico State football players have been released from their athletic scholarships, a spokesman said.

They are Stevelan Harper, the Aggies' primary punt return man last season and second-leading kick returner, and tight end Clint Jones. The two players will not return to NMSU when classes resume this month, Aggies sports information director Tyler Dunkel said.

The departures follow the release of three players last fall.

Harper, who will be a senior, said he will join former Aggie coach Tony Samuel at Division I-AA Southeast Missouri.

Harper, of Hayward, Calif., said Aggie coaches told him he was off the team for spring. He said he was in good academic standing, but was told he had failed to attend study hall as often as the coaches wanted.

Jones, who will be a junior next year, had no comment about his departure.

In October, head football coach Hal Mumme announced the departure of three players: sophomore Andrew Mooney, junior Muammar Ali and redshirt freshman offensive lineman Courtney Snowden.

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