Arrest report: Final SEC numbers for 2015
Florida coach Jim McElwain finished out a compelling first season as head coach.
His team won 10 games and a surprise SEC East title, earning him SEC Coach of the Year honors. But Florida closed with three consecutive losses. Starting quarterback Will Grier got suspended for a full year by the NCAA and eventually transferred.
And the Gators led the SEC with eight player arrests in 2015, according to data pulled from arrestnation.com.
The clincher came after a Sept. 29 incident in which redshirt freshman cornerback Deiondre Porter allegedly held a gun to the head of his pregnant girlfriend and fired a shot in her direction during a confrontation over whether she was cheating on him with a teammate.
Overall, 42 SEC players were arrested or cited in 2015, down from 67 in 2014. Nine of the SEC’s 14 programs incurred fewer arrests than the year prior. The SEC’s 42 arrests also accounted for 21.3 percent of the national total.
Also interesting: The four SEC teams without a single arrest in 2015 also were the four teams that did not make a bowl game. It’s probably a coincidence.
But Alabama, winner of this year’s national championship, does lead the SEC in arrests since 2013 with 17. Ole Miss and Tennessee have built quickly, but the Rebels and Vols have incurred a combined 26 arrests in the last two years.
Going back to 2012, Georgia (21), Florida (19) and Texas A&M (19) have produced the most arrests. Vanderbilt (2) and South Carolina (6) have produced the least.
It is important to note that this isn’t a sure-fire way to prove which schools behave better than others. It’s just one metric. It does not take into account which of these cases ultimately were dropped or prosecuted. It does not differentiate between the relatively harmless and the horrifying.
Nor is it meant as an indictment on any of these SEC institutions. All 14 schools have had multiple arrests in the last four years, though there is a big four-year discrepancy between the most and least arrested.
Here are all of the SEC football arrests from 2015.
The first year of coach Jim McElwain’s tenure brought with it a heap of disciplinary issues. The Gators led the SEC in arrests. To be fair, two of those were Alvin Bailey — driving with a suspended license and failure to appear in court.
- Jordan Scarlett (Dec. 19)
- Deiondre Porter (Oct. 14)
- Alvin Bailey (July 25)
- Adam Lane (July)
- Caleb Brantley (July)
- Alvin Bailey (May 4)
- J.C. Jackson (April 18)
- Chris Thompson (April 1)
It was not a pleasant spring for coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide, with four arrests in the span of one month — three in just a few days. Tyren Jones and Jonathan Taylor got dismissed from the team, while Geno Matias-Smith and Cyrus Jones were key defensive starters on the national championship team.
- Gunnar Raborn (Sept. 24)
- Cyrus Jones (April 28)
- Tyren Jones (March 31)
- Jonathan Taylor (March 28)
- Geno Smith (March 28)
- Ryan Anderson (Jan. 20)
MISSISSIPPI STATE (6)
WR De’Runnya Wilson was one of the most high-profile arrests of last offseason. He still managed to finish second in the SEC with 10 touchdown passes and promptly declared for the NFL draft.
It was by far the busiest arrest year of coach Dan Mullen’s tenure in Starkville.
- Gerri Green (Dec. 11)
- DeAndre Ward (Dec. 11)
- Kelan Chairs (Sept. 14)
- Deshun Dixon (April 26)
- De’Runnya Wilson (March 13)
- Elgton Jenkins (March 12)
Anthony Jennings, the 2014 starting quarterback, and two teammates were accused in the summer of forcing their way into an off-campus apartment to retrieve items previously stolen from Jennings. Eventually the charges were dropped, but it gave Brandon Harris the slightest edge entering fall camp. He used it to become the starter all season.
Lealaimatafao, dismissed from the team, recently was involved in a string of robberies and car-jackings in Los Angeles.
- Anthony Jennings (June 18)
- Dwayne Thomas (June 18)
- Maquedius Bain (June 18)
- Trey Lealaimatafao (June 18)
- Jevonte Domond (May 25)
The Bulldogs, infamous for needing to suspend or dismiss key players due to off-field trouble, almost made it 11 months without one arrest or citation near the end of the Mark Richt era.
November and December brought three marijuana-related arrests, including a pair for Chauncey Rivers.
- Chauncey Rivers (Dec. 12)
- Natrez Patrick (Nov. 4)
- Chauncey Rivers (Nov. 4)
- Courtney Coard (Aug. 22)
OLE MISS (4)
Robert Nkemdiche went to the hospital in December after a scary incident involving a fall from a hotel room. Officers found marijuana in the room. His brother, Denzel Nkemdiche, reportedly went to the hospital twice in 2015 as well, though without getting arrested.
Ole Miss has featured 14 player arrests or citations in the last three years, and there have been some big names going back to 2011, including Chad Kelly, Senquez Golson, Bo Wallace and Evan Ingram.
- Robert Nkemdiche (Dec. 12)
- Laremy Tunsil (June 26)
- Trae Elston (Jan. 22)
- Damore’ea Stringfellow (Jan. 22)
The Vols’ two-year arrest total of 15 is the most in the SEC. Unlike in 2014 (Jalen Hurd, Jalen Reeves-Maybin, CutMaggit, A.J. Johnson), the quartet of players arrested last calendar year were not huge names.
- Andrew Butcher (Aug. 30)
- Charles Mosley (July 22)
- Coleman Thomas (March 25)
- Michael Williams (Feb. 12)
The Razorbacks went more that two years without a single arrest or citation — pretty remarkable considering that there were eight such incidents in 2012 alone.
Coach Bret Bielema is one of the most prominent disciplinarians in today’s SEC, and Arkansas has seen four player arrests in the last three years.
- Blake Johnson (Aug. 29)
- C.J. O’Grady (Aug. 28)
- Tevin Beanum (Feb. 22)
Coach Gus Malzhan has done an excellent job with player discipline, at least judging by the team’s arrest record since he took over in 2013. The Tigers saw nine different players arrested in two years before he arrived, but just four Auburn players have been arrested or cited in three years under Malzahn’s watch — most notably quarterback Nick Marshall prior to the 2014 season (marijuana citation).
WR Duke Williams did get kicked off the team after being in and out of the doghouse and reportedly punching four during a bar rampage in October.
- Elijah Daniel (April 29)
TEXAS A&M (1)
The Aggies have off-field issues, but not legal ones — not of late, anyway.
Three quarterbacks transferred away from the program during the 2015 calendar year. Talented receiver Speedy Noil often has been suspended. But Texas A&M has made it almost 11 months now without so much as an arrest from an afterthought receiver.
- Frank Iheanacho (March 10)
Five Kentucky players got arrested in October 2014, the worst disciplinary month of the Mark Stoops tenure. Since then? Not a single arrest. Several of those who got in trouble that month figure to play huge roles in the 2016 offense: QB Drew Barker, RB Boom Williams and WR Dorian Baker.
Despite high-profile trouble from receiver Dorial Green-Beckham and last year’s conspicuous Maty Mauk suspensions, Mizzou managed to avoid any football-related arrests in two of the last three years, including 2015.
Former five-star defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr. already has eliminated the chance at a spotless record this year. During a January traffic stop, an officer arrested the sophomore-to-be for possessing 35 grams or less of marijuana.
SOUTH CAROLINA (0)
One of the underrated spokes of Steve Spurrier’s legacy is that his players rarely got in trouble off the field. He also made it a point of pride to stay within NCAA regulations.
In the last three years, the Gamecocks have a combined three arrests or citations, and two of those were excessive speeding by Jadeveon Clowney at the end of his South Carolina career.
The Commodores rarely get arrested — just twice since 2012, according to data from arrestnation.com. But one ugly, high-profile case still looms.
Four former Vanderbilt football players were each charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery in a case that will drag into 2016. Cory Batey and Brandon Vandenburg were convicted in January, but a judge declared a mistrial in June due to juror misconduct. The retrial will take place in April, after which the trial of Jaborian “Tip” McKenzie and Brandon Banks will take place.
Texas A&M: 19
Ole Miss: 16
Mississippi State: 11
South Carolina: 6