RALEIGH – N.C. State linebacker D.J. Green won’t be able to play football in 2012 after testing positive for a banned substance.
The NCAA has declared Green, who started seven games as a sophomore, ineligible for the 2012 season. According to Green, it was for a failed drug test stemming from a nutritional supplement he used.
He wrote in a text message Monday that in an attempt to add weight to his 6-foot-4, 214-pound frame, he took a supplement. He did not identify the brand or type of supplement.
“I wasn’t responsible enough to check with our coaches to make sure that it was something legal and now I’m paying the consequences,” Green wrote in the text.
“I apologize to my teammates, my coaches and to all the Wolfpack fans and hope that all the other players out there learn from my mistake.”
Green missed six games with injuries during the 2011 season, his first as a starter; a broken foot kept him out of the final five games. He finished the season with 28 tackles, a sack and an interception in seven games.
Green will remain on the team and is allowed to practice but cannot play during the 2012 season. According to the NCAA Division I manual, a positive result of a test administered by the NCAA results in the “loss of a minimum of one season of competition.”
Green, who played special teams as a freshman in 2010, effectively loses one year of eligibility with the suspension. He will have one year of eligibility remaining under NCAA rules.
“Even though it breaks my heart that I won’t be able to play next year, I will work hard every day in practice to help try to make my teammates better,” Green wrote.
The loss of Green further depletes an already-thin linebacking corps for the Wolfpack, which will have to replace all three starters from last year’s 8-5 team. Middle linebacker Audie Cole graduated, and outside linebacker Terrell Manning left school early for the NFL draft.
Sterling Lucas, who missed the 2011 season with a knee injury, will be the only experienced returning player. A combination of Michael Peek, Ryan Cheek and Rickey Dowdy will be counted on to step into new roles.
The Wolfpack also added junior college transfer Robert Caldwell.