News from the Tennessee Valley Sports
TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2007

2 Tide players facing charges
Deaderick, Upchurch accused at nightclub

TUSCALOOSA (AP) — Two University of Alabama football players were free on bond Monday following their arrest on misdemeanor charges stemming from an altercation at a bar.

Jail records show defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick, 18, was released on $1,500 bond, and running back Roy Upchurch, 22, was freed on $300 bond.

Capt. Greg Kosloff, a spokesman for the Tuscaloosa Police Department, said Deaderick was charged with criminal mischief, resisting arrest and giving a false name.

"The owner was having problems with a group of men outside of a business," Kosloff told The Tuscaloosa News. "The group refused to leave. The gentleman who was arrested would not leave when he was asked to do so."

University police arrested Upchurch, officers said.

The incident occurred early Saturday in front of The Legacy, a bar in an area of nightclubs, restaurants and stores near The University of Alabama campus that is popular with students.

University spokeswoman Deborah Lane confirmed the arrests to The Tuscaloosa News and said the two football players, both sophomores, are enrolled in summer school.

Athletics spokesman Doug Walker said coach Nick Saban was told of the arrests, and team officials are still gathering information.

"We are still in a fact-finding situation currently," Walker said Sunday.

Deaderick is a 6-foot-4-inch, 271-pound defensive lineman from Elizabethtown, Ky. Upchurch is a 6-foot, 191-pound running back from Tallahassee, Fla.

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