published Sunday, July 24th, 2011

Vols linebacker Johnson arrested

Tennessee fullback Austin Johnson (40) tries for extra yardage after a first quarter reception as Mississippi linebacker Allen Walker (9) and safety Johnny Brown (20) move in for the tackle during an NCAA college football game in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009. (AP Photo/Michael Milleran
Tennessee fullback Austin Johnson (40) tries for extra yardage after a first quarter reception as Mississippi linebacker Allen Walker (9) and safety Johnny Brown (20) move in for the tackle during an NCAA college football game in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009. (AP Photo/Michael Milleran

KNOXVILLE - The Tennessee football team's arrest record stayed clean for nearly five months, but that changed this weekend with the beginning of fall camp barely a week away.

Senior linebacker Austin Johnson was arrested Sunday morning for public intoxication and disorderly conduct to become the first Vol to run into trouble with the law since safety Brent Brewer was arrested on a misdemeanor domestic assault charge in February.

The Knox County Detention Facility said Johnson was released early Sunday afternoon after his bail was set.

"We're aware of an incident, and we are investigating it," said Jimmy Stanton, UT's associate athletic director for communications.

Johnson was listed as a starter at weakside linebacker in UT's media guide. The linebacker position is one of the Vols' biggest concerns entering the start of fall camp on Aug. 1, with Herman Lathers, UT's leading returning tackler, sidelined indefinitely with a fractured ankle he suffered in early June.

A 6-foot-2, 240-pounder from Hickory, N.C., Johnson has played in 31 games during his UT career. He played in every game for the Vols last season after playing at fullback as a freshman and a sophomore. As a backup to Nick Reveiz at middle linebacker, Johnson made 44 stops last season.

Johnson made the Academic All-Southeastern Conference teams each of the past two seasons and made the league's Academic Honor Roll as a freshman. He was one of just a dozen seniors on the Vols' roster.

Brewer was suspended indefinitely following his arrest, although he was reinstated prior to the start of spring practice after a five-week absence. UT coach Derek Dooley's policy for domestic charges is an indefinite suspension pending the conclusion of an investigation.

Johnson's punishment isn't yet known. His court date is scheduled for Aug. 4, the Vols' third day of preseason practice.

More coverage and details online, in Monday's Times Free Press and on Twitter.

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johnnyhurst said...

Think its something in the water? OK Wildman I cant bend on this one,we love our college football down south so we dont care how many bloods or crips we hire to bring us our Championships. SO BACK OFF ON THIS TABOO SUBJECT

July 24, 2011 at 4:47 p.m.
Salsa said...

Last time I checked the Big Ten was holding their own when it comes to numbers of players arrested. Throw in the Michigan and Ohio State messes and they prove they can mess it up as well as any one.

July 24, 2011 at 6:23 p.m.
tderng said... that state prison?

July 24, 2011 at 6:44 p.m.
johnnyhurst said...

i bet our criminals can beat your damn criminals any day of January wildman....... GO BIG ORANGE !!!!!!!!!

July 24, 2011 at 6:57 p.m.
eastridge8 said...

Article says he made the Honor Roll as a freshman...why would he go and do something SO stupid?? {I'll wait and let all you guys answer that one...ya'll know a guy's mind better than we women, don't you?}

July 24, 2011 at 7:01 p.m.
joepulitzer said...


July 24, 2011 at 7:02 p.m.
eastridge8 said...

DUH!! joepulitzer...because the Universities HUSHED it up!!


July 24, 2011 at 7:05 p.m.
johnnyhurst said...

He was drunk and disordely East Ridge8, hardly criminal. Youngster behavior. Joe, it was most likely unreported and or covered up inorder to not be seen as a traitor.

July 24, 2011 at 7:09 p.m.
Rivieravol said...

Actually putting aside his arrest he is a good kid but like many players we have had the past few years he is the kind that you go 6-6 with. Remember the Florida fake punt last year? He was in perfect position to make a game changing play but whiffed on the tackle. One more year and all the Fulmer players will be gone.

July 24, 2011 at 9:45 p.m.
ITguy said...

Drunk and disorderly was routinely ignored when I was in college during the 70's.

July 24, 2011 at 9:46 p.m.
hambone said...

Cops should look the other way instead of doing their job!

July 24, 2011 at 10:40 p.m.
eastridge8 said...

Agreed johnnyhurst...hardley worth the paperwork...

I figured it was something like that and I knew the guys did too...I raised two boys and a (now ex) husband...seen it all...

July 25, 2011 at 9:32 a.m.

Ahh the good ole days when star college athletes could get away with murder. Well, almost.

Public intoxication and disorderly conduct are the "rights of passage" with yesteryear's gridiron heros. I suspect the kid will be spending more of his library time running the steps of Neyland, learning a different sort of lesson.

BTW, Phil Fulmer's recruits won a few SEC titles and a BCS title and I'm certain ol' Rivieravol was boasting and bragging back then.

July 25, 2011 at 9:56 a.m.
Leaf said...

Drunk and disorderly is a college student's natural state, isn't it? I'm pretty sure you don't have to play football in order to drink. I do have a little trouble recalling those years, though.

July 25, 2011 at 10:20 a.m.
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