Former WVU running back accused of burglary
HUNTINGTON, N.Y. - A former West Virginia University football player is accused with four other men of burglarizing a home at gunpoint.
Jason Gwaltney, a highly touted recruit whose playing career at WVU lasted six games, and the others were charged with burglary and criminal possession of a weapon.
Police say they broke into a Huntington, N.Y., house through an unlocked door early Tuesday.
Police didn't specify Gwaltney's alleged role. They said three of the suspects were armed and demanded cash from the five residents while two other suspects waited in a getaway car.
Gwaltney, of Brentwood, played football for North Babylon High School. He was Suffolk County's only two-time Hansen Award winner and a three-time All-Long Island selection.
He went to WVU on a football scholarship in 2005, but lasted just one season. Rated a 5-star recruit by Scout.com, Gwaltney ranked fifth on the team with 186 rushing yards as a freshman. He carried 45 times and scored three touchdowns before injury shortened his first collegiate season.
Gwaltney exhausted his eligibility at Division II C.W. Post in 2008 and Division III Kean University in 2009 and '10. He rushed for a school-record 1,412 yards during his senior season at Kean, including four consecutive 200-yard games.
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