Just as the “Days Without an Arrest” ticker was slowly creeping its way toward double digits, it is, as is ofttimes the case in the offseason, back to double zeroes.
The latest to find himself on the wrong side of the law is North Carolina State’s Logan Winkles, who was arrested over the weekend following a traffic stop. According to the Raleigh News & Observer, the 20-year-old fullback was charged with driving while impaired, being under the legal drinking age and driving after consuming alcohol.
No details of what led to the Saturday afternoon arrest were available, although a police report stated that Winkles’ BAC was .12.
In a statement, new head coach Dave Doeren said that the football program is “aware of this unfortunate situation and will await the outcome of the university’s disciplinary processes before we determine what action to take or comment further.”
As a junior in 2012, Winkles started four of the 12 games in which he played. While he didn’t record a carry from his fullback position, he did have 10 receptions for 90 yards and two touchdowns.
Earlier this year, Winkles and Doeren took part in a “jam session” with 2011 American Idol winner Scotty McCreery as part of the basketball version of ESPN’s “College GameDay.” The trio performed Johnny Cash‘s “Folsom Prison Blues,” and it’s actually pretty damn good. And pretty damn ironic given Winkles’ current situation:
D’haquille Williams may have some additional explaining to do to NFL personnel if another report is accurate.
Monday night, Auburn announced that the star wide receiver had been dismissed from Gus Malzahn‘s football program. A day later, reports surfaced that Williams’ dismissal came after he went on a weekend “bar rampage” following one of his friends getting the heave-ho from a local drinking establishment over a dress-code issue. It was alleged that Williams had punched a pair of security guards, a bartender’s assistant and an unnamed patron of the bar.
The unnamed, however, now has a name.
According to the ABC affiliate in Montgomery, Ala., and a citing a source close to the AU program, Tigers center Xavier Dampeer‘s jaw was on the receiving end of one of Williams’ alleged punches. The website wrote that “Dampeer has been treated and released from East Alabama Medical Center, according to a worker at the hospital.”
Malzahn was asked Tuesday if any other Tiger players were involved in the incident. “I’m not going to get into any details,” the coach said according to al.com.
No charges have been filed in connection to the incident.
“We cannot file charges until the injured person(s) comes forward,” Auburn police chief Paul Register told the television station. “Unless an officer personally sees a fight, no arrests can be made.”
If Illinois is going to improve upon its solid 4-1 start to the 2015 season, it’ll have to do so without a significant cog in its offensive machinery.
On the official injury report release Thursday night, the Illini confirmed that Josh Ferguson has been ruled out of Saturday’s game against No. 22 Iowa. The decision is not exactly a surprise as Ferguson has been doubtful in the run-up to the road game against the Hawkeyes.
Ferguson sustained an injury to his right shoulder in the first quarter of last Saturday’s last-second win over Nebraska, and has been unable to practice at all this week.
Ferguson’s 381 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns and 5.4 yards per carry are all tops on the team. He’s added 12 receptions for 28 yards and another touchdown coming out of the backfield.
With Ferguson sidelined, the bulk of the running-game load is expected to shift to Ke’Shawn Vaughn. Through five games, Vaughn is second on the Illini with 325 yards and a pair of touchdowns.