While college football players remain in season, the temptation to stray outside of their normal routines is faced at a much lesser amount. As the year progresses, however, football season quickly comes to close, and it’s times like these that provide players with an excess of free time. With the extra time comes difficult situations that forces players to select right from wrong, and like many college students, football players frequently mess up.
This appears to be the case for Ohio Bobcats leading tackler Quentin Poling, who was arrested last weekend for an alleged fight that look place outside of a local establishment at about 1:50 a.m. According to The Athens News police report, Poling and another man began fighting before a large crowd built around the brawl. It was also released that one of the two men was intoxicated. However, it remains unclear which of the participants it was. Both men were subsequently charged following the fight and the case is pending. Poling, 20, is under the legal drinking age and if found guilty of intoxication would likely face a much stiffer sanction.
In 2014, Poling led the Bobcat defense with 89 tackles with 55 being solo tackles to go along with three interceptions and five sacks. The athletic department made no comments regarding the redshirt freshman, but it is assumed that some form of punishment will be laid down prior to the start of spring practices. If the decision lingers, it could mean Poling will be absent from games during the 2015 season.
Ohio finished the 2014 season with an overall record of 6-6 and losing a young and talented player such as Poling could be a devastating blow to the squad. Nonetheless, head coach Frank Solich will have the opportunity to set an example of his star linebacker and will need him to straighten up if the team hopes to capture the Mid-American Conference title.
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