Doeren: Not having suspended starting RT Richardson ‘hurt’

North Carolina State's Ryan Finley (15) aims a pass against the South Carolina defense during the first half of a college football game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State right tackle Will Richardson did not play in the Wolfpack’s 35-28 loss to South Carolina on Saturday after being suspended for two games for a violation of team rules.

Richardson will also miss next week’s game against Marshall.

”Not having Will hurt,” Coach Dave Doeren said. ”He’s a starter and not having one of your best offensive linemen hurts, there’s no question about it.”

Justin Witt started in Richardson’s place.

Doeren said the suspension stems from an incident that happened last spring but did not elaborate. He said the team knew it was going to be without Richardson but did not announce the news.

Richardson previously was suspended as a redshirt freshman in 2015 after being arrested for driving while intoxicated.

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