Eli Ricks, Alabama newcomer and former All-American cornerback, was booked on charges of speeding, driving without insurance and possession of marijuana Sunday evening in Mississippi.
Eli Ricks, who transferred to Alabama from LSU this offseason, was arrested by Mississippi Highway Patrol and booked at 5:15 p.m.
According to an online database, it was Ricks’ first marijuana possession charge and his bond was set at $0.
A 6-foot-2 cornerback from California, Eli Ricks started his career at LSU where he earned Freshman All-SEC and AP All-America honors during his first season.
He entered the transfer portal in November, roughly a month after the firing of head coach Ed Orgeron.
Ricks is expected to compete for a starting role at Alabama, which lost starting cornerback Josh Jobe to the NFL.
Malik Heath, Mississippi State wide receiver, was arrested in Winston County on Wednesday on five different charges according to documents obtained by the Clarion Ledger.
Malik Heath was pulled over by Mississippi Highway Patrol for speeding 20 miles per hour over the limit. He was also driving without a license and without insurance, driving with improper equipment and driving under the influence (DUI).
Heath, 20, was booked at Winston-Choctaw Regional Correctional Facility at 4:29 p.m. and was released at 8:30 p.m on $3,000 bond. Mississippi State football coach Mike Leach issued the Clarion Ledger the following statement Wednesday night:
“We’re aware of the situation. We’re gathering more information from the proper authorities and don’t have further comment at this time.”
Heath is a first-time offender of DUI and was fined the maximum of $1,000. According to Mississippi drunk driving laws, first-time offenders are also required to attend and complete an alcohol safety education program. His license will be suspended for 30 to 90 days, and ignition interlock will be required for 90 days after the suspension period.
Tommy Champion’s arrest was confirmed by the MSU Police Department in a report by Ben Portnoy of the Columbus Dispatch. Tyler Horka of the Clarion Ledger also reported the news.
This is Champion’s second arrest in the past six months after he was previously charged for driving with a suspended license, not having insurance and an expired tag on March 20.
An MSU Athletics spokesperson told The Dispatch, “We’re aware of the matter and are continuing to collect more information.”
Champion, listed at 6-foot-5 and 320 pounds, has appeared in six games for the Bulldogs, and was expected to be a backup right tackle. He also saw limited action last year at right guard.
Two freshmen UTC players were arrested Saturday after a police officer spotted a speeding car on the Veterans Bridge.
Isaiah Cobb is a running back from Maryville High School.
Nyvin Nelson is a linebacker from Cartersville High School in Cartersville, Ga.
An officer said he saw a red sedan going southbound on the bridge at a high rate of speed just before 1 a.m.
It was found the vehicle was going 65 mph in a 35 mph.
The officer found that Cobb was the driver. There was the odor of an intoxicant coming from the vehicle.
Cobb initially said he had not been drinking, but Nelson said he had been drinking. Nelson said the vehicle was his.