Few teams in the OVC have their starting quarterback from this past year. That number may now be even smaller.
The Tennessean is reporting that Tennessee State quarterback Michael German, and defensive back Joseph Johnson, were both arrested and face felony vandalism charges. Both players have been indefinitely suspended, and are expected to miss spring practice.
Head coach Rod Reed told the paper the players were charged after dancing on the roof of a 2011 Ford Fiesta, causing several thousand dollars worth of damage.
Tennessee State’s Spring Practice starts March 25. Reed says it’s unlikely the matter is resolved before then.
From the sounds of it, I would be surprised if German isn’t back in uniform next year. He could very likely miss a few games from suspension, but since he doesn’t have a criminal history, it’s very likely the charges are reduced to misdemeanors, and German won’t serve jail time. Still, it’s questionable judgement (at best) from the guy you want to be a team leader.
German threw for 2,751 yards and 18 touchdowns as a sophomore, after earning the starting position midway through his freshman year.
The news could be much worse for Johnson is a sophomore who hasn’t played for the Tigers, and was dismissed from Marshall for a violation of team rules in 2011. Given his history, the Tigers might not be as lenient with the defensive back.