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.
Tommy Champion, Mississippi State red-shirt senior offensive lineman, was arrested by the university’s police department on Wednesday for multiple traffic violations. Joel Coleman of the Starkville Daily News first reported Champion’s booking.
According to Oktibbeha County records, the car Champion was driving had an expired tag, and he also had an expired license and no insurance. Driving without a valid license is a misdemeanor in Mississippi; Champion could face a fine and/or be sentenced to extended jail time of up to six months.
Driving without proper tags is usually penalized by a basic traffic ticket, but driving without insurance can result in a $1,000 fine and a suspended license for up to one year. Champion, obviously, is already without a valid license.
On the football field, Champion hasn’t been able to work his way into a starting job during his time at Mississippi State. He red-shirted in 2017 and played sparingly as a back-up in 2018. Entering his final season in maroon and white, Champion is still stuck behind entrenched starters on the depth chart.
Devin Porter, a walk-on entering his fourth season at Nevada, was arrested Sunday at 5:33 p.m. by the Sparks Police Department for failure to appear on a traffic citation. The charge is a misdemeanor. If a defendant skips a court date, a judge can issue a bench warrant for their arrest. If 30 days pass before a defendant surrenders himself, an additional charge for “failure to appear” can be issued. The maximum sentence for such issue includes four years in prison and/or $5,000 in fines, although both are rare.
Porter was issued a $415 bail, which he posted and was released.
A Nevada spokesperson said the department is aware of the situation and still gathering more information at this time.
The Hug High graduate, a 6-2, 200-pound defensive player who has rotated positions during his time at Nevada, will be a junior next season. He has yet to appear in a game for the Wolf Pack. His brother, Cliff, was a starter at left guard for Nevada as a sophomore last season before graduating early and giving up the rest of his eligibility.