Vol gridder arrested

Posted Jul 31, 2006

Marsalous Johnson was pointing toward some playing time in Tennessee’s secondary this fall. Then he allegedly made the mistake of pointing a toy gun at an off-duty police officer Sunday night near Monterey.

Johnson, a redshirt freshman from Smyrna, was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault. Booked into the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, he was released on bond Monday.

UT head coach Phillip Fulmer says he will wait until he has all of the facts before announcing what disciplinary action will be imposed. A multiple-game suspension appears likely but dismissal is also an option.

Marsalous Johnson, a 5-foot-9, 180-pound cornerback, was riding along Interstate 40 when he allegedly pointed the toy gun at a passing motorist. According to The Tennessean, the motorist happened to be Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officer Mike Hoover, who also serves as a deputy with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department.

Vol teammate Rico McCoy reportedly was in the car with Johnson when the incident occurred but was not charged with any wrong-doing.

This is the third off-field incident involving a UT football player in recent months. Senior linebacker Marvin Mitchell was suspended after his arrest on a disorderly conduct charge at a campus convenience store. Shortly thereafter, redshirt freshman defensive lineman Raymond Henderson was dismissed from the team for what Fulmer termed “inappropriate” remarks to a young girl and her mother.

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