Ole Miss linebackers Denzel Nkemdiche and Serderius Bryant, both named second-team All-SEC players by The Associated Press, were arrested over the weekend, Oxford police have confirmed.
And both have been suspended by Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze who is out of town and says he will continue to sort out the facts.
In a statement issued through the school Freeze said, “We are aware of the incidents and gathering facts. Denzel and Serderius are suspended until we know more.”
Nkemdiche faces misdemeanor charges of disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct following an incident at a local apartment complex, The Retreat.
Bryant was arrested Friday night on the square for public drunk and disturbing the peace.
These are the third and fourth arrests of Ole Miss football players this off-season. Nkemdiche and Bryant would be the most prominent names.
Reserve cornerback Bobby Hill, a rising sophomore, was charged with sexual battery in January, and last week Aberdeen native Channing Ward pleaded guilty to DUI.
Nkemdiche had this to say on Twitter a earlier today:
Hopefully I won't be judged by the exaggerated claims of how I acted on my 21st birthday. I still know what's important in life..God got me.
Nkemdiche had 35 tackles, two tackles for loss, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble in an injury-plagued 2013 season. He appeared in 10 games with six starts at outside linebacker.
He was second-team All-SEC by The Associated Press in 2012 and 2013.
Bryant appeared in 11 games, starting seven, and led the team in tackles with 78 and in tackles for loss with 12.5. He also had three sacks, three quarterback pressures and three forced fumbles.
He was named AP All-SEC in 2013.