Expected to start for Ball State after transferring from Ohio State, Jonathan Newsome‘s availability for the early portion of the 2012 season is up in the air following an off-field incident earlier in the week.
According to the Muncie Star Press, the defensive lineman was arrested very early Monday morning and charged with possession of marijuana. Additionally, Newsome was being held on a warrant for a shoplifting-type charge back in November.
Newsome was pulled over by a Muncie police officer at 1:20 a.m. after failing to signal while making a left turn. Newsome’s Washington D.C. license plates were also expired, while a search of the vehicle revealed a bag of marijuana in the player’s wallet.
As a result of the arrest, head coach Pete Lembo announced Newsome has been suspended for the first two games of the season. Newsome will miss the Aug. 30 and Sept. 8 games against Eastern Michigan and Clemson, respectively.
After playing in 18 games at linebacker the past two seasons, including 13 in 2010, Newsome decided to transfer from the Buckeyes in late July last year. He sat out the 2011 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.
(Tip O the Cap: ShotOfGinn.com)