Alabama cornerback Geno Smith was charged with driving under the influence.
The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Department’s online records show the sophomore for the top-ranked Crimson Tide was arrested Sunday and jailed on $1,000 bond. He had not been released as of Sunday afternoon.
Tuscaloosa police referred questions to spokesman Sgt. Brent Blankley, who did not immediately return a call.
Smith played in all 13 games as a freshman during last season’s national championship run, and his role on the nation’s top defense increased late in the year.
He was expected to compete for the starting job vacated by top-10 draft pick Dee Milliner.
Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban says in a statement that he “will handle it appropriately once I’ve had a chance to review the information.”
GEORGIA STATE: From one perspective, the Panthers had a solid scrimmage Saturday at the Georgia Dome.
The team scored three touchdowns, made both field-goal attempts and committed no turnovers while running more than 100 plays.
But coach Trent Miles has to see the entire picture, and he wants to see more from his team in the next week and a half as the team begins preparation for its season-opening game against Samford.
“Any time you don’t turn over the ball you have to be happy, but at the same time I can’t be happy because I’m also (challenging) the defense, and we should create turnovers,” he said. “We have to be better getting to the football and creating turnovers.”
NEBRASKA: With a full season still to play, Taylor Martinez already is the school’s most prolific quarterback, statistically.
He owns records for career total offense and passing, and he needs fewer than 600 yards to overtake 2001 Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch as the school’s top rushing quarterback.
All Martinez lacks going into his fourth season as the starter is a championship.
He says he isn’t worried about that. He plans to keep doing what he’s been doing with his breakaway speed and improved passing and see where it takes him and the 18th-ranked Cornhuskers.
“Just keep on going out there and just having fun,” he said. “Just take it one game at a time, just keep on winning. That’s the most important thing. Everything else will fall in place.”
Martinez has won 29 of his 39 starts and joined Colin Kaepernick (Nevada), Vince Young (Texas) and Brad Smith (Missouri) as the only FBS quarterbacks to pass for 6,000 yards and rush for 2,500 in their careers by the end of their junior seasons.
PURDUE: Rob Henry will be the starting quarterback, coach Darrell Hazell said Sunday.
Freshman Danny Etling and redshirt freshman Austin Appleby were the other candidates.
Henry started seven games in 2010 when incumbent Robert Marve went down with a season-ending knee injury.