Three Tennessee football players were named in a UT report about an incident in Stokely Hall that occurred Tuesday evening on the Knoxville campus
Tennessee football players Martavius French, Isaac Washington and Aaron Willis were suspended indefinitely Friday after they were arrested this week on preliminary charges related to misdemeanor drug possession.
A fourth player also was suspended indefinitely, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told Knox News.
A UT police log released Friday listed five individuals, including French, Washington and Willis, arrested in connection with an incident that occurred Tuesday evening at the Stokely Hall dorm on the Knoxville campus. The log does not provide the date of the arrests.
Also arrested were an unnamed juvenile and Clinton Warren, who is listed in UT’s online directory as a student but is not a member of the football team. Some signees who enrolled in January are not yet 18. Knox News could not confirm the identity of the unnamed juvenile.
“We are aware of an incident that occurred at Stokely Hall involving football student-athletes,” Tennessee Athletics said in a statement. “The individuals involved in the incident have been suspended indefinitely from football activities pending further review of the matter by the university.”
A witness reported to UT police that their roommate answered the door and was assaulted by one male, while three or four other males entered the apartment, went into another room and took items belonging to the individual who had answered the door, according to a UT public safety notice.
The person who had answered the door and the witness said they did not know the people who entered the residence, according to the safety notice issued earlier this week after UT Housing staff notified UTPD on Tuesday about an incident at Stokely Hall.
Willis, from Life Christian Academy in Virginia, is the top-rated member of Tennessee’s 2021 recruiting class. The four-star linebacker enrolled in January.
Washington is a three-star defensive tackle from East Surry High School in North Carolina who also enrolled in January.
French signed in the previous recruiting class as a four-star linebacker recruit from Whitehaven High in Memphis. He did not play during the 2020 season.
Willis was ranked as the No. 8 inside linebacker prospect nationally in the 247Sports Composite in the 2021 recruiting class. He’s expected to help boost a position that lost starters Henry To’o To’o and Quavaris Crouch to the transfer portal.
Willis, Washington and French signed with Tennessee while Jeremy Pruitt was coach. Tennessee hired Josh Heupel as coach on Jan. 27 after firing Pruitt on Jan. 18, ending his tenure after three seasons.
Carlos Davis, South Alabama running back, has been suspended indefinitely following an arrest on drug-related charges, the school announced Friday.
Jaguars head coach Kane Wommack released the following statement:
“We have been made aware of a situation involving Carlos and are continuing to gather information. At this time we have decided to suspend Carlos from all team activities until further notice.”
According to the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office online arrest log, the 22-year-old Davis was arrested on two charges: “Trafficking-Marijuana” and “Use/Possession Drug Paraphernalia.” According to jail records, Davis was booked into Mobile County Metro Jail at 3:35 a.m. Friday, where he remained as of Friday afternoon.
Mobile Police Department spokesman Cpl. Ryan Blakely released the following statement to AL.com:
“On Thursday, February 18, 2021 officers were in the area of University Boulevard near Campus Quarters when they heard shots fired. They responded to Campus Quarters, 112 University Boulevard and were directed to an apartment and made contact with the suspect. A search of the suspect revealed marijuana. A search outside of the apartment revealed a backpack that contained the suspect’s identification and marijuana. Carlos Davis, 22 was arrested.”
Davis, a former Muscle Shoals High School standout, rushed for a team-best 674 yards and three touchdowns in 2020. He was expected to be the Jaguars’ starting running back again in 2021.
South Alabama begins spring practice March 20.
Warrants for Georgia senior receiver Demetris Robertson were issued earlier this week on the felony charge of interference with government property and the misdemeanor charge of theft by taking, according to the University of Georgia Police Department log.
Robertson is in trouble after an investigation into the theft of a parking boot in the East Campus Deck between 11:30 p.m. on Feb. 5 and 8 a.m. last Monday, of which he is the alleged perpetrator, as reported by the UGA Parking Services.
The former 5-star receiver from Savannah Christian has struggled to get on track at Georgia after transferring back to his home state following his FWAA Freshman All-American season at Cal in 2016.
The freshman started all four games for Washington State last fall.
The Spokesman-Review reports that the 19-year-old de Laura, who was named Star-Advertiser offensive player of the year as a Saint Louis senior in 2019, was arrested on a misdemeanor DUI charge early Saturday.
According to police, de Laura was pulled over at 2:13 a.m. after driving through a stop sign and subsequently driving the wrong way. De Laura failed a field sobriety test, but police weren’t able to register his blood-alcohol level after he refused to take a breathalyzer test.
De Laura was released from the police station shortly afterward.
Football players returned to Pullman last month for the start of the new semester and are currently going through their winter conditioning regimen.
De Laura, who is from Honolulu, won the starting quarterback job as a freshman last fall. He faces competition this year from holdover Cammon Cooper and Tennessee graduate transfer Jarrett Guarantano.
Nwankwo, 18, was arrested last week after allegedly choking his girlfriend and is charged with assault of a family member and impeding breathing, court documents show.
The incident occurred at the Cullen Oaks Apartments complex on Jan. 28, according to the document. Nwankwo and his girlfriend allegedly got into a verbal argument because the she asked for help with her hair.
The altercation grew heated after Nwankwo yelled at his girlfriend and she began packing her belongings.
Nwankwo then allegedly grabbed the complainant by the neck and slammed her into a wall, according to the document. Nwankwo continued to hold her by the throat and squeeze her, which caused her to gasp for air and be in physical pain.
Afterward, once the two exited the bathroom, Nwankwo allegedly grabbed his girlfriend by the neck and pushed her face into a mattress in his bedroom.
Nwankwo was taken into custody over the weekend and was released after posting $5,000 bond on Sunday.
Nwankwo must remain 200 feet away from his girlfriend and not communicate after a protective order was issued.
An order to interview and collect information on Nwankwo to determine whether he has a mental illness or a mental disability was also issued on Saturday.
“We are aware of the serious allegations regarding Chidozie Nwankwo,” a UH statement said. “He has been suspended from the Houston football program, pending further information.”
Jaylin Williams, a junior cornerback from Memphis, Tenn., and one of the key pieces in Indiana’s defense, was arrested early Saturday on alcohol-related charges.
Indiana cornerback Jaylin Williams was arrested on preliminary charges of operating while intoxicated and OWI endangerment early Saturday morning.
According to the police report, the arrest took place at 17th Street and Dunn Street in Bloomington at 1:33 a.m. ET. He had a blood alcohol content greater than .08 and less than .15. Williams is 20 years old.
Indiana athletics provided a statement to Sports Illustrated Indiana: “Indiana University Athletics and the IU football program are aware of the arrest of Jaylin Williams. IU Athletics will continue to gather facts, cooperate with and monitor the legal process, and take further action as the evolving situation warrants.”
Williams, a junior from Memphis, Tenn., is an important piece to Indiana’s secondary. In 2020, he finished the season 30 tackles, four interceptions, one pass breakup and two quarterback hurries.
He began the season with interceptions in three straight games. Williams was named to the second-team All-Big Ten team by both the coaches and the media. Along with fellow cornerbacks Tiawan Mullen and Reece Taylor, the Hoosiers had one of the best secondaries in the country.
Indiana’s 2020 season ended on Jan. 2, 2021 with an Outback Bowl loss to Ole Miss in Tampa, Fla. Throughout the season and the practices leading up to it, the players were being tested for COVID-19 every day and weren’t allowed to venture out beyond their apartments and football facilities.
In a late September story, he said that he was totally focused on football during the height of the pandemic.
“I got all I need right now,” Williams said. “Just focused on the season, so just the stadium and back, that’s all I’m worried about.”
Spring practice doesn’t begin until March. This story will be updated as events develop.
Antonio Alfano, a University of Colorado Boulder football player, who isn’t currently practicing with the team is facing charges on suspicion of harassment and resisting arrest in Broomfield, according to online court records.
Alfano, 20, a CU defensive end, was arrested in Broomfield on Jan. 7, court records show. The charges are both misdemeanors. Records show he has no other charges issued against him in Colorado.
CU Boulder spokesman Joshua Lindenstein released a statement in response to Alfano’s arrest:
“We are aware of the charges against Mr. Alfano, and we take such allegations very seriously,” the statement read. “The charges have been reported to our Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance in accordance with university policy for further investigation.”
Lindenstein confirmed that Alfano is part of the football team, but hasn’t been medically cleared to play with the team, because he has been experiencing seizures.
Broomfield police spokesperson Jennifer King-Sullivan said Alfano was released Jan. 8 from Broomfield County Detention Center on a personal recognizance bond. Court records show Alfano is scheduled for an arraignment Feb. 10.
Cornelius Nunn, Syracuse freshman defensive back, was arrested Tuesday in Miami and charged with a felony for carrying a concealed firearm, according to the Miami-Dade Police Department.
Syracuse Athletics is aware of the situation and will not be releasing a statement, according to a team spokesperson.
Nunn, 19, was in the passenger’s seat of an improperly parked Nissan Maxima when an officer stopped at 9:05 p.m., the police report said.
LUBBOCK, Texas — SaRodorick Thompson, Texas Tech University’s starting running back, was arrested Monday on a charge of Racing on a Highway.
Thompson was booked in the Lubbock County Detention Center at 1:45 p.m. Monday. His bond was set at $2,500.
Texas Tech released a statement regarding Thompson’s arrest Monday afternoon, which said that he is expected to play in the Red Raiders’ game against Texas Saturday. Read it below:
“SaRodorick Thompson was notified late last week that there had been a misdemeanor warrant issued in his name. Thompson and his lawyer are currently cooperating with the Lubbock Police Department and have done so since the incident in late June. Texas Tech Athletics will handle the matter consistent with its student-athlete discipline policy and any discipline will be handled internally. Thompson is expected to play in Saturday’s Big 12 opener versus Texas.”
A warrant was issued for Thompson’s arrest on September 10 for street racing. In June, another Texas Tech football player, Caden Leggett was arrested for street racing.
Thompson is in his third season for Texas Tech out of Ranchview High School in Irving, Texas.
He redshirted his first year in 2018 and rushed for 765 yards and 12 touchdowns as a freshman in 2019. In Texas Tech’s 2020 opener against Houston Baptist, Thompson started the game and rushed for 118 yards.