Jaylen McCollough, a starting safety for the Tennessee football team, was arrested on Sunday and charged with aggravated felony assault, according to a warrant from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office that Knox News got. A spokesperson for UT athletics said that they are looking into what happened.
At his weekly press conference at 12:15 p.m. Monday, Coach Josh Heupel will be able to answer questions. McCollough, who is 21, has been a starter for the Vols for four years.
With 23 tackles this season, he is tied for fourth on the team. On Saturday, Tennessee beat LSU 40-13 in Baton Rouge. He made seven tackles. No. 8 Tennessee (5-0, 2-0 SEC) will take on No. 1 Alabama (6-0, 3-0) at Neyland Stadium on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS).
Sunday at about 3:30 p.m., police were called to an apartment at 2030 Grand Ave. According to the arrest warrant, a man with a bloody, swollen mouth and missing teeth said he had been drinking with friends who live in the complex when he went to get things from a car.
The man said that he had gone to the wrong building by accident when he got back. He knocked, but no one opened the door. So, he opened the door to the apartment that was not locked and went inside.
When he realized he was in the wrong apartment, he said he was sorry and left, as he told the police. He said that a man chased him and got angry. He said he was sorry again and told the man, “didn’t have to be an (expletive) about it.” The man who was chasing him then punched him in the face. He fell backwards down the stairs and passed out.
Police found blood on the stairs that led to the apartment on the top floor of the building. A woman who said she was McCollough’s girlfriend was also talked to. McCollough came back to the scene with a bloody bandage on his right hand after she called him.
The report said that McCollough did not answer any questions, and he was taken into custody without any trouble. This is the third time in the last two months that a Tennessee player has been arrested. On September 11, junior college transfer offensive lineman Savion Herring was arrested and charged with domestic assault.
William Mohan, a linebacker who came from Michigan, was arrested on August 21 and charged with felony aggravated domestic assault. The Tennessee football team kicked both of them off.