Austin Johnson Arrested After Drunken Altercations, According To Reports

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Austin Johnson Arrested For Fighting People And Cars, According To Report

Some details of Tennessee Volunteers linebacker Austin Johnson's arrest early on Sunday have come to light - Johnson, who was charged for public intoxication and disorderly conduct, apparently was trying to pick a fight and was also "hitting parked cars." Johnson told Knoxville police that he was drunk.

There's something sad about the futility there - Johnson couldn't find a person to fight, so he started hitting huge pieces of metal instead. He's lucky he wasn't the one who ended up hurt. 

Johnson had 44 tackles in 2010 and is expected to be a big part of the Volunteers' 2011 defense. They don't have a ton of depth at linebacker and don't have the typical cupcake early-season schedule after an opener against Montana, so a suspension could be a problem for the Tennessee defense.

The University has not responded to the allegations against Johnson, except to say that it is investigating them. Johnson's day in court will come August 4. 

For more on the Tennessee Volunteers, check out Rocky Top Talk.


Austin Johnson Arrested For Public Drunkenness, According To Report

Tennessee Volunteers LB Austin Johnson was reportedly arrested for some drunk and disorderly behavior Sunday morning, according to Austin Ward of the Knoxville News Sentinel. He was released on a $1,000 bail at 12:57 am and has an August 4 court date, also according to Ward.

Johnson is expected to compete for a starting spot in 2011 after having been named the team's most surprising spring practice performer. He played in 25 games over the past two seasons. In 2008 and 2009 he played fullback and special teams, once catching a 38-yard pass. He switched to linebacker before the 2010 season, piling up 44 total tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss.

He's also earned SEC All-Academic honors three years running and has had a solid off-field rep. 

Said a University of Tennessee spokesperson, "We're aware of an incident involving Austin. We're in the process of investigating."

For more Tennessee sports, head to Rocky Top Talk.

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