J.D. Jones

Three MTSU players suspended after being charged


In the middle of February, three Middle Tennessee State football players were suspended after being arrested and charged in connection to a bar altercation.

Four months later, the football program has again hit the offseason legal trifecta.

According to WSMV-TV, defensive tackle J.D. Jones, defensive tackle Marcus Robinson and cornerback Rodney O’Neal were arrested and charged — or will be arrested and charged — following an incident late this past week.  Jones was charged with two counts of aggravated assault while O’Neal was charged with one count of aiding and abetting; neither the charges Robinson is facing — a warrant for his arrest has been issued — nor the details of what led to the trio of arrests and charges have been released.

What is known is that all three players have been indefinitely suspended by head coach Rick Stockstill.

“I was disappointed to learn of charges brought against three current football players,” Stockstill said in a statement. “This is not the reflection of our football program we want at Middle Tennessee, and we will react accordingly after gathering all pertinent information. …

“We always try to represent our university to the highest standards, and matters like this are taken very seriously.

Jones played in 12 games last season and was credited with 14 tackles, one of which was for a loss.  The two other players involved in the incident have yet to play a game for the Blue Raiders.

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SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.

Georgia loses ILB Reggie Carter for the season

Reggie Carter, Charone Peake
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After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.

Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.

The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.

Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.