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Originally published: 2013-08-27 12:03:06
Last modified: 2013-08-27 12:03:06

Length of Price's suspension still undetermined

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

Appalachian State coach Scott Satterfield said he did not have a number of how many games suspended receiver Sean Price would serve.

Satterfield said that Price is practicing with the Mountaineers, but did not saw how many games Price would miss. Satterfield made his remarks on the Southern Conference's first weekly teleconference Tuesday.

Price was suspended indefinitely from playing in games arrested on Aug. 18 at Char restaurant on drunk and disruptive charges. Appalachian State opens its regular season Saturday at Montana.

Satterfield said there was no timetable as to when he will lift the suspension. Satterfield said Price would have to make amends to his teammates, coaching staff and the program before he would be let back on the team. When that time will be is still unknown.

"Right now, we put out a statement last week and we'll stand by that," Satterfield said. "The thing Sean has to focus on is re-earning the trust in his coaches and teammates and on campus. Right now, it's undetermined how long he will be out."

"We're taking it day by day," Satterfield added. "He's practicing with the team right now. He's working hard on the field, but there are several things he has to do and if those things are met, we'll see at that time."

The coach also did not specify what Price would have to do in order to be reinstated.

"I don't want to go into details," Satterfield said. "We've laid that out between him and the program what he has to do. He's already headed into the right direction."

This is Satterfield's first major crisis off the field. He said players are often warned about making good decisions away from the field.

"You're dealing with 105, 110 players. Not all of them are perfect angels," Satterfield said. "When you look at all of college football, I'm not sure of the percentage who are going to miss the first week. ... We talk every day about making the right decisions."

Price led the Mountaineers in receiving in 2012 with 81 catches for 1,196 yards and eight touchdowns. He was third in the Jerry Rice Award voting, which is given to the top freshman in the nation in 2012 by the Sports Network.

Satterfield is counting on the depth the Mountaineers have at receiver to pick up any slack left by not having Price in the lineup. The Mountaineers moved sophomore Simms McElfresh into Price's spot on the depth chart to go with starters Tony Washington, Andrew Peacock -- both seniors -- and sophomore Malachi Jones.

The Mountaineers can also turn to redshirt sophomore Bobo Beathard and Tacoi Sumler.

"He's one of our big play threats on the outside," Satterfield said. "What it does is put limits on our depth there. It eliminates one of the guys in the mix, but we have five or six guys who can go out there and play."