Tennessee football's Jaylen McCollough arrested for felony assault – USA TODAY

  • October 11, 2022

Tennessee football player Jaylen McCollough, a starting safety, was arrested on a charge of aggravated felony assault Sunday, according to a Knox County Sherriff’s Office arrest warrant obtained by Knox News.
McCollough, 21, is a four-year starter for the Vols. This season he is tied for fourth on the team with 23 tackles and leads the defense with 353 total snaps played, according to Pro Football Focus. He had seven tackles in Tennessee’s 40-13 win over LSU in Baton Rouge on Saturday.
No. 8 Tennessee (5-0, 2-0 SEC) will play No. 1 Alabama (6-0, 3-0) on Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET, CBS) at Neyland Stadium.
Tennessee coach Josh Heupel did not say whether McCollough will play against Alabama.
“We learned of it really late (Sunday),” Heupel said Monday. “When we gather more information, I’ll have (an update on his status) for you.”
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Around 3:30 p.m. Sunday, police responded to a call at an apartment. A man with a bloody, swollen mouth and missing teeth said he had been drinking with friends that live in the complex when he went to get items from a vehicle, according to the arrest warrant.
The man said when he returned, he accidentally went to the wrong building. He knocked on the door but no one answered. So he opened the unlocked door and entered the apartment.
When he realized he had entered the wrong apartment, he told police he apologized and left. He said a man pursued him and became aggressive. He apologized again but also told the man he “didn’t have to be a (expletive) about it.” The pursuing man then punched him in the face, and he fell backward down the stairs and lost consciousness.
Police found blood on the stairs leading to the top floor of the building, where the apartment was located. They also spoke to a woman who said she was McCollough’s girlfriend. She called McCollough back to the scene, and he arrived with a bloody bandage on his right hand.
McCollough did not answer any questions, the report said, and he was taken into custody without incident.
McCollough is the third Tennessee player to be arrested in the past two months.
On Sept. 11, offensive lineman Savion Herring, a junior college transfer, was arrested on a charge of domestic assault. On Aug. 21, linebacker William Mohan, a Michigan transfer, was arrested on a charge of felony aggravated domestic assault. Both players were dismissed from the Tennessee football team.
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