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Vols RB Vereen was arrested after UT police responded to a fight.


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KNOXVILLE University of Tennessee football player Daryl Vereen was arrested and charged with public intoxication after the UT Police Department responded to a fight outside a campus dormitory early Monday morning, according to UTPD documents.

Volunteers coach Phillip Fulmer is expected to release a statement on the situation this afternoon, UT spokesperson Tiffany Carpenter said.

According to the document, officers responded to a fight in progress consisting of an estimated 10 people outside of Gibbs Hall.

Upon my arrival I noticed several subjects fighting in the fire lane of Gibbs Hall, an officer s narrative read. Upon getting out of my vehicle, the subjects begin to break it up and return inside the dorm.

The report said an officer then spotted Vereen, 18, trying to get in the driver s side of a Jeep Cherokee parked in the dorm s fire lane. Vereen ignored several requests from the officer to stop before the officer approached the vehicle and ordered him out, according to the report.

Mr. Vereen had a bloody lip and had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from and about his person and breath, the report said. His speech was very slurred and he had blood shot eyes.

As Mr. Vereen exited the vehicle, he was unsteady on his feet.

The report said Vereen was then taken into custody while a friend drove his car to a legal parking spot.

Vereen, a 6-foot, 200-pound tailback from Charlotte, N.C., was praised by coaches and teammates for his potential while redshirting as a true freshman last season. He rushed for 2,603 yards and 31 touchdowns as a senior at North Mecklenburg High School in 2006.

Vereen s arrest comes just more than one week following an incident involving fellow 2007 signees Gerald Jones and Ahmad Paige. The pair was cited by the Knoxville Police Department for simple possession of marijuana. UT freshman offensive lineman William Brimfield and a high school recruit from Oklahoma were also in the car but not charged, according to the KPD.

Fulmer, through a release last week, said Jones and Paige have a number of things they need to do to get back in our good graces, including performing community service with a drug rehabilitation facility, participating in police ride-alongs and more frequent drug tests.

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