It was an “interesting” weekend for the Fresno State football program to say the least, especially as it pertains to the quarterback position.
First, freshman Chason Virgil, who made his first start under center in Week 3, sustained a fractured clavicle in the loss to Utah and will be lost for the remainder of the 2014 season. Zack Greenlee, who started the first two games of the year, would have been expected to re-assume his starting role, except he was involved in an off-field situation that puts his status up in the air.
According to the Fresno Bee, Greenlee (pictured) was one of two Bulldog football players arrested very early Sunday morning. Greenlee was charged with public drunkenness, while linebacker Brandon Hughes, who made his first this past weekend too, was charged with obstructing a police officer.
Greenlee, Hughes and a FSU female soccer player were all arrested after police were called to a large party on a noise disturbance complaint. From the Bee:
Greenlee did not take a Breathalyzer test, but an officer saw him drinking from a beer bottle outside, and he later refused to hand over a beverage in a red cup, Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer said.
Hughes did not consume any alcohol but continued to communicate with Greenlee despite officers’ requests that he leave the scene, Dyer said.
“[Hughes] was arrested for interfering with the duties of a police officer,” Dyer said. “He was physically subdued and went to the ground. There was some resistance on his part.”
“We’re aware of the incident. We’re gathering details and we’ll withhold further comment until the investigative process plays out,” head coach Tim DeRuyter said. “Discipline will be handled internally. He will practice this week, and Saturday we’ll make another announcement on it.”
Should Greenlee be suspended for this Saturday’s Mountain West opener against San Jose State, former West Virginia quarterback Ford Childress will likely get the call. Redshirt freshman Kilton Anderson finished fourth in a four-man competition this offseason, but would be an option as well.