By JOEL COLEMAN
Mississippi State defensive lineman Nick James was arrested early Sunday morning on a charge of public intoxication according to the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Office.
James was arrested by the Starkville Police Department at 1:36 a.m. at Rick’s Cafe according to the sheriff’s office. He was released on bond.
MSU issued a statement on the matter Sunday afternoon.
“(Head coach Dan Mullen) is aware of an incident involving Nick James that occurred last night, and he is currently getting more information on it,” the statement read.
James, a senior, is expected to be a key member of MSU’s defensive front this season. The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Long Beach native saw 10 starts at defensive tackle last season and played in all 13 games.
In his career, James has played in 34 total games and recorded 43 tackles, three tackles for loss and forced one fumble.