A look at SEC arrests so far in 2016
The season has arrived. Not the glorious one that comes with the changing of the leaves, grilling of the meats and watching of the football.
No, it’s arrest season.
The notorious gap between the end of spring practice and the start of preseason camps in August is dreaded by all head coaches across the country.
Before the beginning of this summer, almost a third (30.4 percent) of the arrests in the SEC over the last five years have occurred during that time. That’s according to arrestnation.com, which began tracking that data in 2011.
Just another reason for SEC schools to sweat between May 1 and July 31, and we’re hoping players stay out of trouble between now and then.
But here’s a look at the SEC’s 15 arrests (14 players, one staffer) since the start of 2016. Please note this list doesn’t include players who have been arrested prior to enrolling at the school.
|SCHOOL||PLAYER||DATE OF ARREST||REASON FOR ARREST|
|Auburn||DE Byron Cowart||April 30||Marijuana possession|
|Auburn||DB Jeremiah Dinson||April 30||Marijuana possession|
|Auburn||DB Carlton Davis||April 30||Marijuana possession|
|Auburn||WR Ryan Davis||April 30||Marijuana possession|
|Georgia||DE Jonathan Ledbetter||March 20||Underage drinking/fake ID|
|Georgia||DB Chad Clay||April 12||Weapon in school zone/property damage|
|Georgia||DL Julian Rochester||April 12||Weapon in school zone/property damage|
|Georgia||DB Juwuan Briscoe||April 23||No valid license/seatbelt|
|Mississippi State||DL Anfernee Mullins||April 8||Simple assault|
|Missouri||DL Terry Beckner Jr.||Jan. 20||Marijuana possession|
|Missouri||ST analyst Austin Alewel||March 18||DWI|
|Ole Miss||DL Breeland Speaks||March 4||Suspicion of DUI|
|Ole Miss||OL Rod Taylor||April 3||Suspicion of shoplifting|
|Tennessee||DL Alexis Johnson||Feb. 17||Aggravated assault/false imprisonment|
|Texas A&M||WR Speedy Noil||April 1||No driver’s license|
It’s unclear what discipline Byron Cowart, Carlton Davis, Ryan Davis and Jeremiah Dinson — all sophomores — will face. Coach Gus Malzahn spoke to the media about it for the first time a booster club event last Wednesday.
“Still gathering some information, but once we do, we’ll take care of it appropriately,” Malzahn said outside a booster club event, according to AL.com.
Like Malzahn, Georgia coach Kirby Smart also has four arrests to deal with.
Smart has publicly stated that Jonathan Ledbetter will serve a one-game suspension after being arrested on misdemeanor counts of possession of false identification as well as underage possession/furnishing alcohol.
The suspension for Georgia’s season opener against North Carolina on Sept. 3 is standard protocol for the Bulldogs’ program as the university’s student-athlete handbook calls for Ledbetter to miss 10 percent of Georgia’s schedule.
Julian Rochester and Chad Clay were allowed to return to practices prior to the spring game, and they both participated in the game. Smart said he’ll let the legal process play out before disciplining the two “in the appropriate manner.”
Juwuan Briscoe has been, and will continue to be, disciplined internally. However, Smart hasn’t made any decision on whether he’ll be suspended in the latest update from The Macon Telegraph.
Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen has only said that he’s waiting on more details befor making a decision based on Anfernee Mullins’ arrest for simple assault.
Missouri’s Terry Beckner Jr. was suspended indefinitely from the program after his arrest for possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana. However, coach Barry Odom announced exactly two weeks later on National Signing Day that Beckner’s suspension had been lifted.
There hasn’t been an announcement for any punishment for Missouri special teams analyst Austin Alewel, who was arrested for driving while intoxicated back on March 18. He’s still in that role, according to the team’s official website.
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze has said there’s a possibility that Breeland Speaks misses the team’s huge season opener against Florida State in Orlando for being arrested on suspicion of DUI. Meanwhile, Freeze says Rod Taylor’s discipline will be handled internally if needed. He’s scheduled to appear in municipal court May 25.
The latest update from Tennessee coach Butch Jones on Alexis Johnson came about two weeks ago. Jones said his status with the program hasn’t changed after being indefinitely suspended following his arrest for aggravated assault and false imprisonment.
That comes despite the fact that Johnson’s aggravated assault charge was reduced to a misdemeanor domestic assault charge, while the false imprisonment charge was dismissed.
About a week after Speedy Noil’s arrest for driving without a license, Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin confirmed about a month ago that the receiver will be suspended for the team’s season opener against UCLA on Sept. 3 in College Station .
That will serve as the remainder of the two-game suspension that forced Noil to miss the Texas A&M’s Music City Bowl against Louisville on Dec. 30.