JoJo Natson released from USU football team

Jojo Natson during USU football's spring scrimmage, March 27, 2015.

LOGAN — A 20-year-old Utah State University football player, who previously pleaded guilty to stealing money from a teammate, has been kicked off the team.

In a statement released Sunday night, head coach Matt Wells said senior wide receiver and punt returner Bruce “JoJo Natson was dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules.

Wells said, “We are extremely disappointed anytime we have to make a decision regarding the future of one of our student-athletes. We will continue to support JoJo as he moves forward in his career.”

The statement did not provide any further details regarding the rule violation.

In August 2014, Natson pleaded guilty to diverting school funds, intended for a fellow teammate. He reportedly logged into the teammate’s school account and changed the bank account number, routing the money to his girlfriend in Florida.

He was sentenced to serve two-days in jail after accepting a plea deal, pleading guilty to theft a class C misdemeanor.

Natson played in 39 games during his three-years at Utah State, making 19 starts. He had 127 career receptions, for 1,031 yards to go along with five receiving touchdowns.

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