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Vols LB Austin Johnson finds himself in a bit of a legal pickle

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For the most part — well, except for that pesky NCAA thing and the whole AD-jumping-ship — it’s been a relatively quiet offseason for the Tennessee football program.

Unfortunately for the Vols, that quiet’s been replaced by a mildly irritating bit of legal noise.

The Knoxville News Sentinel‘s Austin Ward reported earlier today that senior linebacker Austin Johnson was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct.  The arrest was made by the Knoxville Police Department, although the details of what led to the charges have yet to be released.

The school, though, is aware of the incident.

“We’re aware of an incident involving Austin,” Stanton said. “We’re in the process of investigating it for additional information.”

Johnson has played in 31 games during his time in Knoxville, including 13 last season, but has yet to start a single game.  He played fullback for his first two seasons with the Volunteers before moving to linebacker last year.

Johnson is just the second Vol to find himself on the wrong side of the law in 2011; in February, starting defensive back Brent Brewer arrested on a domestic assault charge and indefinitely suspended.  A month later, he was reinstated to the football program.

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3 Responses to “Vols LB Austin Johnson finds himself in a bit of a legal pickle”
  1. bertenheim says: Jul 25, 2011 10:17 AM

    “Johnson was arrested early Sunday morning and charged”

    Nothing good happens after midnight.

  2. paparoach25 says: Jul 25, 2011 11:20 AM

    great way to show the younger classes how Tennessee works not. learn how to control yourself or get out and play for south east Hampton county junior state college

  3. minibull says: Jul 25, 2011 8:30 PM

    In a backhanded way, this helps TN as those 6:00 AM gassers Johnson will be running the next month will get him in great shape for the season 😉.

    On a more serious note, alcohol is a serious problem on colleges across the nation. Johnson will be punished but not too seriously because:

    – he’s of legal drinking age
    – From what I’ve heard around here, he was walking home from the bar when this lady nearly hit him while pulling into a parking lot. He yelled at her and slapped her car, so she called the police. Johnson got arrested after using some, um, colorful language to describe her driving style.

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