Christopher Smith

Ole Miss LBs Nkemdiche, Bryant Arrested

Created on Feb. 18, 2014 5:47 AM EST

Ole Miss linebackers Denzel Nkemdiche and Serderius Bryant were arrested last weekend in separate incidents, the Associated Press reported Monday.

Nkemdiche, arrested around midnight Saturday, received disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and failure to comply charges, multiple outlets reported, citing Oxford police chief Joey East. Bryant followed a few hours later with charges of public drunkenness and disturbing the peace.

Nkemdiche reportedly was celebrating his 21st birthday at an apartment complex. Later Friday, he defended himself on Twitter:

Hopefully I won't be judged by the exaggerated claims of how I acted on my 21st birthday. I still know what's important in life..God got me.

The double news represents the fourth Ole Miss player facing legal trouble this offseason, according to the Clarion Ledger.

“We are aware of the incidents and gathering facts. Denzel and Serderius are suspended until we know more,” coach Hugh Freeze said in a statement.

Bryant led the team with 78 tackles last season, including 12.5 tackles for loss. Nkemdiche, the brother of one of Ole Miss' most heralded recruits ever in Robert Nkemdiche, is a key cog in the Rebels' defense himself, but made 35 tackles as a sophomore in 2013 while struggling with injuries.

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