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Auburn dismisses leading tackler after weed arrest

Johnny Manziel, Demetruce McNeal AP

Well, that certainly didn’t take long.

Mere hours after reports surfaced of the arrest of Demetruce McNeal, Auburn announced that the starting defensive back has been abruptly and somewhat surprisingly dismissed from the football program.  The decision to dismiss the safety came less than 12 hours after McNeal was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

McNeal received the boot during a meeting with first-year head coach Gus Malzahn.

McNeal was the Tigers’ leading returning tackler, having been credited with 90 during AU’s woeful 2012 season.  He also tied for the team lead in tackles for loss with seven.

The dismissal served as the latest hiccup for the senior.  He missed the latter portion of spring practice due to what was only described as “personal reasons,” then was sidelined for the start of summer camp with a staph infection.

Joshua Holsey, who started six games at cornerback in 2012, is expected to take over the starting spot vacated by McNeal.

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10 Responses to “Auburn dismisses leading tackler after weed arrest”
  1. lbroberts123 says: Aug 17, 2013 7:09 PM

    I think it’s a good move by Malzahn. Shows that he is not going to tolerate such behavior.

  2. fnc111 says: Aug 17, 2013 7:24 PM

    Yet Cierre Wood got a two game suspension from ND last year for testing positive for marijuana. Don’t you have to possess it to smoke it. So much for high and mighty ND. Pardon the pun.

  3. normtide says: Aug 17, 2013 7:46 PM

    Gus had to have a heavy hand to rebuild the discipline lost under Chizik. Gene let his players walk over some of the rules and coaches, according to reports. AU’s new coach is smart to be tough from the start, and can ease up when the proper mindset is in place. I expect some improvement from the tigers this year, then back to SEC contenders by 2014. Much to my chagrin, as a Bama fan, lol. Best of luck going forward.

  4. barbeaux says: Aug 17, 2013 8:13 PM

    All the while les miles kept a player on his team that was found guilty of carnal knowledge of a 14 yo and a second charge of assaulting someone with a cheap shot punch….

  5. bertenheim says: Aug 17, 2013 8:51 PM

    When a safety is your leading tackler, it indicates a few other problems.

  6. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 18, 2013 12:56 AM

    Weed would be legalized by now if Willie Nelson was president!

  7. balfe13 says: Aug 18, 2013 1:31 AM

    It’s a lot easier to take the alleged moral high road when you know your team is going to suck.

  8. alligatorsnapper says: Aug 18, 2013 8:21 AM

    normtide: Now, that is a great post. I see the point. It is a good thing for Auburn to be competitive again (like for us with Ole Miss) but then that brings its own problems, doesn’t it?

    barbeaux: Your anti-LSU rants are tiressome. Get a life. Miles is Hill’s father now since he does not have one. Would you give your child another chance? A last chance with strict guidelines, if the team came forward and asked to help supervise him? Maybe you wouldn’t, but most reasonable coaches would.

    barbeaux: If you wanted to compare apples to apples, rather than just an anti-Miles and anti-LSU rant, you could have compared Tyrann Mathieu to Demetruce.

  9. idolized1 says: Aug 18, 2013 1:20 PM

    I don’t care about Auburn football one way or another, but this kid isn’t a criminal for this reason alone.

    Johnny Football can get wasted out of his mind every day of the week and as long as he doesn’t break any laws it’s not an issue.

    Yet someone else can’t sit home and do some puff puff pass with a bag of cheeto’s and everyone loses their mind.

    Legalize it already!

  10. Anoesis says: Aug 18, 2013 4:53 PM

    Dismissal from the team for being charged with a misdemeanor. A victim-less “crime.”

    Meanwhile, the kid at Alabama who was busted for drunk driving gets the benefit of the doubt and likely won’t miss a game.

    Someone needs to let Malzahn know he can’t compete in the SEC by setting the bar this high.

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