Monday, May 7, 2012
Charges dropped against Arizona pair
By ESPN.com staff
It appears that two key Arizona players involved in a March brawl will shortly be rejoining the Wildcats after prosecutors decided not to pursue criminal assault and trespassing charges.
Charges against defensive back Jourdon Grandon already have been dismissed, and the lawyer for offensive tackle Fabbians Ebbele told the Tucson Star on Friday that he anticipates the same happening for his client soon. From the Star: "City prosecutors filed a motion to dismiss Ebbele's charges on Wednesday. He is scheduled to appear in court again May 17."
Both have been suspended since the March 2 fight at a house party.
Their return would good news for the Wildcats, who don't have enough depth to lose two potential starters.
Ebbele, a 6-foot-8, 310 pounds, was Arizona's starting left tackle last year as a redshirt freshman. Protecting QB Matt Scott is priority No. 1 for the Wildcats in 2012, considering there's zero experience behind him on the depth chart. Grandon can play either safety or cornerback -- he started four games in 2011 at nickel back. He finished with 36 tackles, an interception and two forced fumbles last year. In the Wildcats new 3-3-5 defense, there is obviously a bigger need for quality defensive backs.