Posted on: March 9, 2012 9:12 am
Edited on: March 9, 2012 9:14 am
Georgia tight end Orson Charles was arrested by Athens-Clarke County Police early Friday morning for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and driving at a minimum speed, according to multiple reports.
According to the Athens-Clarke County Jail reporting log, Orson Reuben Charles, 21, was booked at 4:31 am. He was released on bond less than an hour later.
Charles, ranked as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 3 tight end for the 2012 draft, left Georgia after a junior season in which he caught 45 passes for 574 yards and five touchdowns and earned All-SEC accolades from conference coaches and media, alike. It marked the third year in a row in which Charles had been acknowledged by the SEC, as he earned Second Team honors in 2010 (26-422-2) and received a spot on the conference's All-Freshman team in 2009 with 23 catches for 374 yards and two scores.
Charles is a natural hands receiver with good overall athleticism. At only 6-2, 251 pounds, he lacks the bulk most teams prefer at the position. He is, however, a feisty blocker, and led all tight ends tested at the Combine this year with 35 repetitions of 225 pounds in the bench press drill. Scouts had hoped that he'd run faster at his Pro Day to perhaps pull away from the other two tight ends -- Clemson's Dwayne Allen and Stanford's Coby Fleener -- generating talk as the top tight end prospect in the draft. A year after Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham proved just how effective tight ends can be as matchup nightmares, no tight end in the 2012 class is generating universal first round grades from clubs.
The arrest is an obvious blight on his record and one that NFL teams will want to investigate thoroughly. Charles had been considered a high character player prior to this arrest, according to a league source, who cited the fact that Charles was voted a team captain, was a recipient of one of the team's Offensive Coaches Leadership Awards and had earned a spot on the SEC Academic Honor Roll during the fall.
Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:12 am
Before the NFL has even officially announced that he (or any other underclassmen) has been granted early eligibility into the 2012 draft, Alabama cornerback 'Dre Kirkpatrick has given scouts reason to question his maturity.
Posted on: September 1, 2009 10:56 pm
With only a few days before Oklahoma State opens their season against Georgia in one of the biggest games of the weekend, the Cowboys' best defensive player was arrested.
Cornerback and return-extraordinaire Perrish Cox was stopped last week for speeding and then found to be driving with a suspended licence, which caused his arrest and carries a $240.00 fine.
Head coach Mike Gundy chose to ignore requests for comment other than to say, "We will handle all things internally." Cox is expected to remain as a starter for the Cowboys against Georgia and sensational sophomore A.J. Green Saturday.
Cox, 6-0 and 195 pounds, has the size, speed and overall athleticism to emerge as the nation's top senior cornerback prospect. While much of the Big XII has struggled with pass defense, Cox has steadily developed into a shut-down corner, posting 21 pass breakups over the past three seasons, including 6 interceptions. Of course, he's known more for his return skills to this point than his pass defense. With over 2,600 return yards and 5 combined touchdowns (4 on kickoffs, 1 on a punt), he, along with Alabama's Javier Arenas, ranks as the country's most formidable special teams weapon.
He'll need to make better decisions off the field, however, if he is to take advantage of his obvious athleticism.
Posted on: March 17, 2009 1:36 am
Junior running back P.J. Hill was released from jail Monday after being arrested over the weekend for a slew of alcohol and driving related charges, including drunk driving, reckless driving, driving without headlights, reckless endangerment and fleeing police.
Hill surprised many with his decision to leave school after his junior season, but had been wildly successful with the Badgers, rushing for nearly 4,000 yards and 42 touchdowns to rank behind only Ron Dayne and Anthony Davis as Wisconsin's most productive running backs.
Prior to the arrest, Hill had been quietly moving up draft boards after an impressive showing at his Pro Day. Hill's lack of agility and straight-line speed would have kept him in the middle to later rounds, but teams had interest.
Like fellow Big Ten standout Alex Boone of Ohio State, however, Hill's alcohol-related arrest is coming at the worst possible time and could lead to a tumble right out of the draft.