UT lifts freshman's four game suspension

UT lifts freshman's four game suspension

September 25, 2006

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer announced Monday that the suspension of redshirt freshmen football player Marsalous Johnson has been lifted.

"Marsalous has been returned to playing status after fulfilling his four game suspension," Fulmer said in a press release.

"While the suspension has been hard on our team, we needed to make a point to Marsalous and the rest of the team that we expect them to conduct themselves at a high standard and be good representatives of our great university," Fulmer added.

Johnson was suspended for the first four games of the season following his arrest in August on charges related to an incident with an off-duty officer on Interstate 40.

Johnson, a defensive back from Smyrna, and Rico McCoy, a linebacker from Washington, D.C., were pulled over near Cookeville.

Johnson was accused of waving a gun at Putnam County Sheriff's deputy Michael Hoover, who was 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. 

Johnson was also required to move back into the dorm and return his car to his home.

He is also expected to perform 50 hours of community service and was placed on the scout team.

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