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Dukes of Hazzard-esque stunt nets felony for Michigan DT

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Have we mentioned that college football coaches really don’t like this time of the year?

Reason No. (insert large # here) comes courtesy of Michigan’s Will Campbell, who is now facing a pair of charges thanks to an incident that occurred in early April.

According to, the defensive tackle was arraigned Thursday for a felony charge of malicious destruction of property worth more than $1,000 but less than $20,000 and a misdemeanor charge of malicious destruction of property worth more than $200 but less than $1,000.  He was released on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.

While the felony charge is certainly ominous sounding, the fact that the the 6-5, 322-pound lineman was essentially doing a modern-day Bo and Luke Duke impersonation tends to make one think that charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor when all is said and done:

According to Ann Arbor police, Campbell was arrested after attempting to slide across the hood of a vehicle at 2 a.m. on April 7 in the 600 block of Church Street. An officer in the area could hear the sheet metal on the hood of the car buckle under Campbell’s weight — he’s listed at 322 pounds — and arrested the senior, police stated.

Campbell was intoxicated, according to police.

Campbell’s attorney said Campbell’s actions were a misdemeanor at worst.  The school has not yet addressed Campbell’s situation.

A five-star member of the Wolverines’ 2009 recruiting class and the top player in the state of Michigan that year, Campbell has failed to even remotely live up to the hype that greeted him upon his arrival in Ann Arbor.  While he’s played in 38 straight games, he was moved from the defensive line to the offensive line midway through his sophomore season, then moved back prior to the start of the 2011 season.  He’s also played extensively on special teams throughout his three years.

In the 17 games during which he’s played defensive line, he’s been credited with eight tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.  Despite the lack of production thus far, and thanks in large part to attrition at the position, though, the senior’s expected to be part of UM’s line rotation in 2012.

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8 Responses to “Dukes of Hazzard-esque stunt nets felony for Michigan DT”
  1. atxcane says: May 31, 2012 6:11 PM

    Felony? Talk about over-charging…

  2. spreadthecheese says: May 31, 2012 6:27 PM

    They should let him walk just because that’s one of the funnier things I’ve read in awhile, and this is coming from an ND fan.

    Note to the Detroit Lions: this is how a defensive lineman gets arrested.

  3. mountaineer50415 says: May 31, 2012 8:02 PM

    Wow, it sure is the s-l-o-w n-e-w-s season. Does anyone think we will make it to the end of August?

  4. stuartscottsgooglyeye says: May 31, 2012 10:11 PM

    I expected something better based on the headline. Like speeding from the cops or using a pile of dirt to jump a river.

  5. kansacity88 says: Jun 1, 2012 12:06 AM

    Bwaahahahahaaaa! Noooo! Seriously??? That is hilarious!

  6. rexbeatsoff2feet says: Jun 1, 2012 2:03 AM

    That’s awesome

  7. dallasstars9 says: Jun 1, 2012 2:14 AM

    This is a pretty damn funny story. If that’s the worse thing that happens I don’t think the coaches will complain.

  8. vincentbojackson says: Jun 2, 2012 11:53 AM

    Thank god!

    I thought you were going to say he was caught shooting dynamite tipped arrows at outhouses.

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