Alfonzo Dennard of the New England Patriots was arrested Thursday in Nebraska and accused of druken driving in the state where he once starred as a defensive back.
It’s the second arrest of a Patriots player in 15 days.
Tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested on June 26 and charged with murder in the killing of Boston semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty. The Patriots cut Hernandez after he was arrested and before the charges were announced.
Dennard’s arrest is his second in 15 months. He hasn’t served a 30-day jail sentence for assaulting a police officer outside a Lincoln, Neb., bar on April 21, 2012. That is scheduled to begin next March. He also was sentenced to two years of probation.
Both players were drafted lower than expected.
The Patriots chose Hernandez in the fourth round in 2010 after he violated the substance abuse policy at Florida.
They picked Dennard in the seventh round in 2012 seven days after he was arrested for assault.
The Patriots issued a statement saying, “The New England Patriots are extremely disappointed to learn of Alfonzo Dennard’s arrest. We take this matter very seriously and are working to get more information on the incident.”
NAGURSKI AWARD: South Carolina junior defensive end Jadeveon Clowney heads the list for the Bronko Nagurski Award given to the country’s best defensive player.
Clowney was among five finalists for last year’s award which was won by Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o. Clowney is the only one of the five from 2012 returning to play this fall.
Clowney was the Southeastern Confnerence Defensive Player of the Year and finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy balloting.
The 6-foot-6, 274-pound junior was a unanimous All-American selection last season after recording 54 tackles, 13 sacks and a school record of 23½ tackles for loss.
FLORIDA STATE: All those Florida State fans who have dreamed about the Seminoles playing in the Southeastern Conference will love this championship ring.
Former Florida State offensive lineman Menelik Watson posted a picture of the championship ring he earned by being a part of last season’s Atlantic Coast Conference title winners.
Problem is it has “SEC Champions” engraved on the side.
Watson tweeted on @MenelikWatson71: “Apparently I’m the only player in #Fsu history to win an SEC Championship!”
Florida State spokesman Elliott Finebloom said Thursday rings that had not already been distributed have been checked and one more was found to have a similar mistake.