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.
Sam Williams, a member of the Ole Miss football team was arrested on Friday and is facing a felony charge. Senior linebacker Sam Williams was booked into the Lafayette County Detention Center on Friday at 9:34 a.m. and released at 2:42 p.m. later that day. There is only one charge listed, sexual battery, and Williams was issued a $25,000 bond.
No other information regarding the charge was provided by the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department.
On Monday, the Oxford Police Department sent out a statement regarding Williams’ arrest stating, “Due to the nature of the case, we will not be releasing any further information.”
A statement provided by an Ole Miss spokesman updated Williams’ status with the team, stating the Montgomery, Ala. native had been suspended indefinitely.
“We have suspended Sam Williams indefinitely from all team activities,” the statement read. “We take these charges very seriously and will allow the legal system to run its course before making further determinations on his status in our program.”
Williams spent two seasons at Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville before coming to Ole Miss in 2019. In his one season with the Rebels, Williams played in all 12 games and recorded 37 total tackles and had six sacks and one interception.
Jacardia Wright, a redshirt freshman running back who rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown last season, was arrested by K-State police for failure to appear at 3:49 a.m. on Sunday at the 1500 block of Midcampus Drive.
He was confined with a bond of $500, according to the Riley County media arrest report.
DeMarrquese Hayes was another K-State football player that appeared on the arrest report this weekend.
A 6-foot-2 freshman linebacker from Waco, Texas, Hayes was arrested by Riley County police at 9:55 p.m. Saturday for suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol. The arrest report noted that this was his first time being suspected for such a violation, but he was incapable of driving safely.
Hayes was not confined after the arrest. No bond was listed. The arrest was made on the corner of Denison Avenue and Platt Street.
Nick Allen was the third K-State football player that appeared on the arrest report.
Allen, a redshirt sophomore linebacker, was arrested at 9:08 p.m. on Saturday for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The arrest report indicated there was competent evidence of blood/breath over the legal driving limit.
The arrest was made by the Kansas Highway Patrol at the intersection of Manhattan Avenue and Kimball. He was not confined after paying a bond of $1,500.
Tyler Mathew Flink, a 20-year-old University of Montana Grizzlies linebacker from Missoula, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor obstruction of a peace officer and being a minor in possession of alcohol in Missoula Municipal Court on Monday morning.
According to court documents, Missoula police responded to the Top Hat, where police “believed a group of males was engaging in disorderly conduct.”
When police attempted to make contact with them, Flink fled. Records indicate Flink hid in a dumpster and made “numerous attempts to elude law enforcement officers on foot,” until police located him on the 200 block of East Pine Street and arrested him at 12:40 a.m. Saturday.
Flink was booked in Missoula County Jail at 1:30 a.m. Saturday, but was released about an hour later after posting his own bond, according to the Missoula County Jail Roster. He pleaded guilty at an initial court appearance Monday morning.
“We are aware of an incident over the weekend involving a student-athlete and law enforcement,” Haslam wrote. “As we do whenever we have this type of issue, we will follow the process described in the student-athlete code of conduct.”
Haslam said he couldn’t speculate what the ACT would decide on for the penalty, but confirmed that both the obstruction and MIP charges are Category III offenses, the lowest of three categories.
In the student-athlete code of conduct, a mandatory minimum penalty rubric determines some possible outcomes, depending on the seriousness of the offense and how many offenses there were. If the two charges are treated as two separate Category III offenses, Flink would receive a “minimum suspension of 10% of scheduled contests.
If treated as a single offense, it would incur any number of penalties, including a behavior contract, alcohol counseling, or game and practice suspension.
In the court system, a minor in possession charge carries a maximum penalty of a $300 fine on first offense. Obstructing a peace officer carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $500 fine.
Chaz Ah You, a talented BYU junior linebacker was arrested on Sunday under suspicion of driving under the influence.
Ah You was arrested on Sunday, February 9th in Eagle Mountain along Red Hawk Road and Pony Express Parkway, according to documents filed in Utah County Court. Documents show that Ah You was going 75 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone and was following close to other vehicles while driving.
Records from the police also indicate that during the inventory search of the vehicle two containers of alcohol were found. One container contained a consumable amount and the other one was empty. Due to weather, a field sobriety test was performed at Utah County Jail.
According to court documents, a THC vape pen was also found in Ah You’s vehicle.
Ah You was charged on suspicion of a DUI, reckless driving, unsafe lane travel, speeding, and an open container.
A junior outside linebacker, Ah You is viewed as one of BYU’s top players in a young linebacker unit that made significant strides a season ago.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.—Cooper Lucas, a Razorback linebacker was arrested Saturday (May 4) with alcohol-related charges. Cooper Lucas, 19, was charged with minor in possession of alcohol, public intoxication and fleeing police. Lucas had a $900 bond and was released from custody seven hours after being booked He is due in court Monday (May 6).
MOSCOW – Two Idaho football players have been charged with theft according to the University’s sport department.
Christian Elliss, son of Defensive Line Coach Luther Elliss and Dalton Cash attempted to steal over $100 in food from the Moscow Walmart last month.
“We make it very clear that the actions of our student-athletes reflect on more than just themselves and when those actions are not in line with our program’s expectations there will be consequences,” Petrino said in a statement from Idaho Athletics. “Christian and Dalton made a poor decision and they will both be suspended for the first game of the 2019 season.”
Both the linebackers will be in Latah County District Court for arraignment Wednesday morning.
ATHENS — Georgia linebackers Robert Beal and Brenton Cox were arrested on misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana on Tuesday. The pair was arrested by the UGA Police Department at 3:13 p.m. with less than one ounce of marijuana, according to the Athens-Clarke County jail booking recap report. The arrest takes place less than one week after Coach Kirby Smart said disciplinary issues that had cropped up earlier this spring would be “handled the right way.”
DURHAM — University of Connecticut football player Ian Swenson was arrested Friday in connection with an alleged assault that took place Jan. 26 at a University of New Hampshire fraternity. According to Deputy Chief Rene Kelley, the arrest was the result of a lengthy investigation regarding an incident at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity Jan. 26 between midnight and 1 a.m. Swenson’s arrest on a Class B felony charge of riot brings the total of those charged as a result of the charges to six.
DURHAM — Police have charged, Zachary Banks, a fourth University of New Hampshire football player with felony riot in the wake of a large brawl in January at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house.
Linebacker Zachary Banks, 20, of Westminster, Mass., was arrested Friday afternoon, police said. He was released on personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in Strafford County Superior Court on Feb. 28.
After police broke up the Jan. 26 fight, which had spilled from the house and caught the attention of patrol officer Emily Festa, police reviewed video surveillance of the incident. SAE has a number of cameras on the property.
The video shows about 15 people approached the back door in hooded sweatshirts, police said. When SAE President Dillon Murphy opened the door, the men pushed him onto the ground and entered the house, according to police.
Three people were seen striking Murphy, according to an affidavit.