Mississippi State linebackers Green, Ward arrested

By JOEL COLEMAN

sports@starkvilledailynews.com

 

A pair of Mississippi State linebackers were arrested early Friday morning at The Pointe.

According to Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Department chief deputy Chadd Garnett and records at the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Office, redshirt freshman Gerri Green and junior DeAndre Ward were each arrested by the OCSD shortly after midnight.

Green was charged with having possession of beer in a dry county, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.  Ward was charged with having possession of beer in a dry county and disturbing the peace.

Both players bonded out around 1:30 a.m.

According to Garnett, a security guard at The Pointe called for assistance to shut down a party held in Green’s apartment at the complex near MSU’s campus. Green and Ward were the only ones arrested from the party.

Garnett indicated Green wasn’t being completely cooperative with officers to garner the resisting arrest charge, but said no altercation took place.

“We were trying to put handcuffs on him and he was pulling away,” Garnett said. “Wasn’t a fight or anything.”

A Mississippi State spokesman said the team is aware of the arrests and the school will let the process play out with discipline being handled internally.

Green and Ward were both in attendance at Mississippi State’s football practices on Friday and Saturday as the Bulldogs prepare for the Belk Bowl to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina on Dec. 30.

Green was just named to the All-Southeastern Conference Freshman Team in a vote by league coaches on Thursday. The Greenville native has played in all 12 of MSU’s regular season games this year and totaled 44 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and one interception.

Ward, a former walk-on who earned a scholarship prior to the 2014 season, also played in all 12 games. The Wetumpka, Alabama native tallied 14 tackles with one tackle for loss and half of a sack.

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