NCF Nation: T.J. Drakeford

Marshall dismisses DB Drakeford

April, 9, 2010
Marshall defensive back T.J. Drakeford has been released from the football team.

First-year coach Doc Holliday decided to part ways with the junior after he was involved in an incident with Huntington police last week.

“T.J. Drakeford has been dismissed from the Marshall football team due to a team rules violation,” Holliday said in a statement released by the school.

Drakeford was arrested for two misdemeanors -- battery on a police officer after he allegedly pushed a cop in the chest and obstructing justice.

Teammate DeQuan Bembry also was involved in the incident. He was arrested for assault on a police officer and public intoxication, both misdemeanors.

Bembry, who’s had trouble with the law in the past, remains indefinitely suspended from the football team.
Marshall junior cornerback DeQuan Bembry was arrested early Sunday morning and accused of verbally assaulting an officer who was attempting to clear the downtown bar, leaving new head coach Doc Holliday in a precarious position since this is not Bembry’s first run-in with the law.

Last May, Bembry was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver with former teammate Darius Marshall.

In March 2009, Bembry was arrested and charged with misdemeanor public intoxication.

Bembry was suspended the first game of the 2009 season, but went on to lead the team with three interceptions. He also had 53 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and a sack.

"They have let their team down, their coaches down, our fans down and the Huntington community down,” Holliday said in a statement regarding Bembry and defensive back T. J. Drakeford, who was accused of striking an officer in the chest.

“I am extremely disappointed in their actions and the appropriate disciplinary action will be taken once I have all the facts.”

Holliday’s is the second first-year non-AQ coach in the past week to deal with a player’s legal issues. East Carolina coach Ruffin McNeill dismissed Brandon Jackson after the running back was charged with underage consumption of alcohol, intoxication and simple affray. Similar to Bembry, it was Jackson’s third arrest.

The school has not yet announced what punishments have been levied on either Bembry or Drakeford.