In the end, it was (relatively) no harm, no foul in Rashaad Penny‘s eyes. So to speak.
In the first quarter of San Diego State’s win over Northern Illinois Saturday night, star running back Rashaad Penny was blatantly poked in the eye by Huskies linebacker Antonio Jones-Davis. As a result, NIU announced Sunday that Jones-Davis had been suspended for next Saturday’s game against Kent State.
Monday, Penny confirmed, Jones-Davis, who wasn’t penalized on the play, called him to apologize over the incident, as did Huskies head coach Rod Carey. Without much hesitation, Penny accepted.
“He was very sincere,” Penny said of Jones-Davis according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. “The head coach was, too. I felt the apology from them, and I accepted it. … Life is short. You have to accept things and move on. …
“I feel like there were high emotions (in the game). I really have no grudges against anybody. I get up and smile after every game. I think it just made us better. … You wish it never happened. You never want that to happen to any player in college football. But it happens. I’m just over it. Now we’re focusing on a new week.”
Penny left the game briefly after the eye poke, then returned to the playing field wearing a visor. SDSU plays UNLV this weekend, and Penny is hopeful he will be able to ditch the visor as it affects his breathing.
Through five weeks of the season, Penny’s 823 rushing yards are second in the nation to the 1,088 for Stanford’s Bryce Love. Penny’s 107 yards in the NIU game stands as a season-low for the senior.