Knox News has obtained the Knoxville police report following the arrest of Tennessee football player Jaylen McCollough for aggravated assault.
McCollough’s attorney also released a statement in which starting security maintains his innocence. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for next month.
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What led to McCollough’s arrest?
Around 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Knoxville police responded to a call to an apartment at 2030 Grand Ave., the incident report said. A man with a bloody, swollen mouth and multiple broken and missing teeth said he had been drinking with friends who live at the compound when he went to get items from a vehicle, according to the arrest warrant.
The man said that when he returned, he accidentally headed for the wrong building. He knocked on the door but no one answered. So he opened the unlocked door and entered the apartment.
When he realized he had been in the wrong apartment, he told the police he had apologized and left. He said a man chased him and got aggressive. He again apologized but also told the man he “didn’t have to be a (expletive) about it”. The man pursuing him then punched him in the face, he fell backwards down the stairs and lost consciousness.
Police found blood on the stairs leading to the top floor of the building, where the apartment was located. They also spoke to a woman who said she was McCollough’s girlfriend. She called McCollough back to the scene, and he arrived with a bloody bandage on his right hand.
McCollough did not answer any questions, according to the report, and he was taken into custody without incident.
What criminal charges is McCollough facing?
McCollough, 22, was charged with aggravated assault. Aggravated assault is a Class C felony, carrying a potential sentence of three to 15 years.
McCollough was incarcerated in the county jail and served an initial arraignment before being released on $2,500 bond. He is summoned for a preliminary hearing on the evidence against him on November 2. 18.
“Mr. McCollough is fully cooperating with the University of Tennessee and Knoxville Police Department’s investigations into these allegations,” his attorney, Chloe Akers, said in a prepared statement Tuesday. “He looks forward to a speedy resolution of this matter and maintains his complete innocence.”
What does this mean for Saturday’s game?
McCollough, 21, is a four-year starter for the Vols. This season, he’s tied for fourth on the team with 23 tackles. He had seven tackles in Tennessee’s 40-13 win over LSU at Baton Rouge on Saturday.
No. 8 Tennessee (5-0, 2-0 SEC) will play No. 1 Alabama (6-0, 3-0) on Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET, CBS) at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee football coach Josh Heupel did not say if McCollough will play against Alabama.
“We haven’t (made a decision on McCollough’s status) yet,” Heupel said on Wednesday’s SEC coaching conference call. “Our administration is handling most of this. We will be having conversations with them here as they continue to gather information and make a decision at the end of the week.”
If McCollough doesn’t play, it would cause Tennessee more problems in the defensive secondary. The Vols are ranked No. 128 among 131 FBS teams in pass defense, and they’ve already lost starting cornerback Warren Burrell to a season-ending injury.
McCollough leads the team with 353 snaps played in defense, according to Pro Football Focus.