A little more than a week before kicking off the 2017 season, South Dakota State has suspended two players for the first six games.

Starting right guard Matt Clark and backup safety Makiah Slade, both juniors, will sit for unspecified violations of team rules.

In an e-mail release, head coach John Stiegelmeier said:

In any successful family there are rules that need to be followed and enforced. SDSU Football is a successful family and because of some rule infractions, Matt Clark and Makiah Slade have been suspended.

Both players will practice during their suspensions. They are eligible to return for the October 21 game at Missouri State.

Clark, a native of Syracuse, Nebraska, started all 13 games for SDSU last season.

Slade, a Lincoln, Nebraska native, played in all 13 games last season, earning one start against Drake. He finished 2016 with 38 tackles, two interceptions, and one fumble recovery.

The Jackrabbits open the 2017 season next Thursday (August 31) when they host Duquesne.

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