UAlbany football player suspended following arrest

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – University at Albany wide receiver Josh Gontarek has been suspended indefinitely.

The suspension comes after the sophomore was arrested on-campus on Monday by university police for marijuana possession and evidence tampering.

“Josh Gontarek has been suspended indefinitely due to his arrest and alleged violation of NY State law and University at Albany athletic department and student conduct policies,” UAlbany football head coach Greg Gattuso said in a press release.

“We will continue to monitor and respect the legal process and take further action as warranted,” Athletic Director Mark Benson added.

Gattuso would not comment further about the arrest at practice on Tuesday citing the ongoing investigation.

Gontarek was the CAA Offensive Rookie of the Year last season and had a strong start to his sophomore campaign. He was the team’s second-leading receiver this year before his suspension.

He caught 16 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns.

They will be tough shoes to fill, but Gattuso thinks he has talented players to step in.

“Yeah, I think we’ve got a lot of depth and the guys are catching and D.J.’s doing a good job of delivering and the backs are good receivers,” he said. “Anthony Manzo Lewis had a big catch last week, and he’s a good receiver as well, so we’re just going to keep spreading it around, and our offense is all about taking what they give us.”

The Great Danes will now adjust their preparations for Holy Cross without Gontarek in the lineup.

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