WMU RB Tasered, arrested, suspended following domestic dispute

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An off-the-field incident has landed a Western Michigan player in hot water with both the police and his coaching staff.

According to mlive.com, Tevin Drake was arrested Aug. 1 and slapped with multiple charges following an alleged domestic incident in Brooksville, Fla.  Those charges include domestic battery, resisting with violence, resisting without violence and battery of a law enforcement officer.

The newspaper obtained an online police report of the incident, and here’s a recap of what transpired very early the morning of Aug. 1.  And, yes, a Tasering was involved:

The release states that officers responded at 12:33 a.m. on Aug. 1 to a residence in Brooksville, Fla., in reference to a battery, where a woman told officers Drake battered her.

The press release says Drake became uncooperative and combative as he pushed an officer out of a doorway before fleeing on foot. After a 20-minute foot pursuit Drake returned to the original residence and resisted officers, who used a Taser to subdue Drake before transporting him to the Hernando County Jail, where he is held without bond.

As a result of the incident, the running back has been suspended indefinitely by head coach P.J. Fleck, the school confirmed in a statement.  His future won’t be determined until the legal process has run its course.

“He made a very very poor choice,” Fleck said. “I am so proud of his progress he had made up until that decision. We hadn’t had one issue with Tevin in seven months. He really bought into this program, but it shows one decision can truly turn around your entire future. I think it’s important for our football program to see that, even with an elite player like himself. It’s not like he was some guy that never played and it’s easy to get rid of him. We’re going to suspend him indefinitely. 

“I talk to him almost daily and we have elite conversations and he understands everything and truly takes accountability for it. … You can make your life what it is, but you’re going to make mistakes and there will be consequences for them. How long, I’m not sure. We’re going to gather all of the facts and wait for the legal process to take its course.”

In 2012, Drake was fourth on the team in rushing with 107 yards.

Sanford to Samford: ex-Georgia LB Jaleel Laguins heads to FCS

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From Sanford to Samford, and Bulldogs to Bulldogs, Jaleel Laguins has settled on his new college football home.

In an announcement posted to his personal Twitter account Thursday evening, Laguins confirmed that he has decided to enroll in classes at Samford and continue his playing career with the FCS Bulldogs.  The move comes almost exactly one month after the linebacker used the same social media website to announce his transfer from Georgia.

As Samford plays at a level below the FBS, Laguins will avoid having to sit out the 2018 season.

A four-star member of the Bulldogs’ 2016 recruiting class, Laguins was rated as the No. 10 inside linebacker in the country and the No. 21 player at any position in the state of Georgia. He was the top-rated linebacker in UGA’s class that year, and only three signees on the defensive side of the ball — defensive tackles Julian Rochester and Michail Carter, and defensive end Chauncey Manac — were rated higher.

As a true freshman, Laguins played in six games. He took a redshirt for this past season, and would have to sit out the 2018 season if he moved on to another FBS program.

Ohio State transfer Jared Drake moves on to the FCS

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After moving on from Ohio State, Jared Drake has opted to drop a couple of rungs on the college football ladder in continuing his playing career.

On his personal Twitter account Thursday, Drake announced “that the next stop on this long journey will be with the Leathernecks of Western Illinois University!” As Western Illinois plays at the FCS level, the linebacker will be eligible to play immediately in 2018.

Drake came to the Buckeyes as a walk-on in 2015.  he played in nine games the past two seasons, almost exclusively on special teams.

According to his official OSU bio, Drake had “added long snapping to his résumé along with his responsibilities as a linebacker.”

Houston, UTSA announce tweaks to twin home-and-homes

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The aftereffects of Hurricane Harvey continue to linger, in this case as it pertains to college football scheduling.

Houston and UT-San Antonio in March of 2016 announced a future four-game series, with two of the games set to be played at the latter’s home (2017, 2023) and two in the former’s (2022, 2024). Because of the once-in-500 years flooding event in the Houston area last August, however, the 2017 game was canceled.

In a press release Thursday, UTSA confirmed that the canceled 2017 game will now be played on Aug. 30, 2025, at TDECU Stadium in Houston. The 2023 game, which had been scheduled to be played in San Antonio, will now be played in Houston.

The 2022 and 2024 games had been scheduled for Houston’s home but will now be played in San Antonio’s Alamodome.

The two football teams have met twice previously, in 2013 and 2014. The road teams won each of those matchups, with the Roadrunners spoiling the opening of UH’s new stadium in the 2014 game.

Oregon LB arrested for removing parking boot dismissed by Ducks

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In April, Fotu Leiato was arrested on a couple of charges related to the illegal removal of a parking boot from his vehicle.  A month later, we’ve learned Leiato was given the boot from his current football program for good measure.

247Sports.com was the first to report that Leiato has been dismissed by first-year Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal.  Further to the point, the linebacker’s dismissal came a day after his April arrest but the news didn’t surface until Thursday.

In the April incident, Leiato was arrested on charges of second-degree criminal mischief, second-degree theft and criminal trespassing.  That was actually his second arrest this year as he was charged with misdemeanor trespassing in January.

The combination of the two arrests led Cristobal to pull the trigger on a dismissal.

Coming to Eugene as a three-star safety, Leiato played in 37 of 38 games the past three seasons.  The Washington native earned the first start of his collegiate playing career during the 2017 season.

The senior had been in line to earn a starting job exiting spring and heading into the summer phase of the offseason.