JMU’s Kloosterman suspended for two games

Jonathan Kloosterman

James Madison University head football coach Mike Houston announced on Thursday that tight end Jonathan Kloosterman has been suspended for two games due to violation of team rules.

Kloosterman, a 2014 Strasburg graduate, will miss the season opener on the road against East Carolina on Sept. 2, and the Dukes’ home opener on Sept. 9 against East Tennesssee State University. The first game Kloosterman would be able to play in would be Sept. 16 at home against Norfolk State University.

“We hold our players at James Madison to a high standard of accountability, and, as such, they will be held responsible for meeting those standards,” Houston said in a press release. “I look forward to Jonathan working through this situation and returning to us a better person and ready to focus on his commitment to our program. At JMU, we are committed to winning, but more importantly, we are committed to winning the right way.”

Kloosterman, a senior, has been sidelined during the preseason camp after having surgery for an injury during the offseason.

Kloosterman was a STATS FCS Preseason All-American selection as well as an Presaeson All-CAA selection this year.

Last season Kloosterman had 24 receptions for 322 yards and seven touchdowns, which was a team-high. His receiving-touchdown total was tied for sixth in JMU single-season history. He was second in the CAA in the category. Kloosterman had five touchdowns in the postseason.

Sophomore Nick Carlton and true freshman Clayton Chetham have been getting most of the first-team tight end snaps during preseason.