Player arrested for pointing toy gun at officer

Player arrested for pointing toy gun at officer

July 31, 2006

KNOXVILLE (WATE/AP) -- Two Tennessee redshirt freshmen football players were stopped by police on Interstate 40 near Cookeville after allegedly waving a gun at an off-duty officer.

One of them, Marsalous Johnson, was charged with aggravated assault.

Johnson, a defensive back from Smyrna, and Rico McCoy, a linebacker from Washington, D.C., were pulled over about 10:30 Sunday night.

Putnam County Sheriff's deputy Michael Hoover reported that he was driving his personal vehicle when Johnson's car pulled up beside his. Hoover said the driver appeared to be upset at his speed and waved what looked like a gun.

Johnson denied pointing a gun at Hoover, but officers later found a black plastic Uzi under a passenger seat in his car. 

He was released from jail on a $10,000 bond. He's scheduled to go to court on September 6.

Coach Phillip Fulmer spoke with 6 News Monday about the arrest. "We're looking into it, trying to find out all the details. We're taking it very seriously. I know our team right now is not looking for any distractions on what we're trying to do. I won't comment any further until we get through the investigation."

Johnson was a red shirt freshman in 2005. He was expected to play cornerback this fall.

According to the Vols roster, in high school Johnson grabbed six interceptions as a junior defensive back and was a three-year starter at cornerback. He was also described as a speedster on track team, running a personal-best and school-record 10.4 in 100M, 21.8 in the 200M and 50.0 in the 400M.

The Vols preceded last year's 5-6 record with eight players being arrested from January 2005 to July 2005.

Practice for the upcoming season begins Friday.

Some portions of this report copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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