|ESPN.com: College Football||[Print without images]|
Texas A&M football players Howard Matthews, Edward Pope and Gavin Stansbury were arrested by the College Station Police Department around midnight last Thursday, according to police records.
The offseason as a whole hasn't been kind to coach Kevin Sumlin's program. The arrests of Matthews, Pope and Stansbury come on the heels of Kenny Hill's arrest for public intoxication late last month. The quarterback, in competition with freshman Kyle Allen to succeed NFL-bound Johnny Manziel, was suspended from the team indefinitely and then reinstated this week.
In response to the arrests, the school released a statement that read: "We are continuing to gather information. Gavin Stansbury was initially suspended from all athletic activities, but has since been reinstated to the team. Howard Matthews and Ed Pope were not suspended and are still members of the football team."
Matthews faces charges of speeding, failure to exhibit a driver's license and failure to appear. The 6-foot-2 senior defensive back was second on the team with 90 tackles last season and tied for first with three interceptions.
Pope faces a charge of failure to appear. The 6-4 junior wide receiver finished last season with nine receptions for 65 yards.
Stansbury, a senior defensive lineman who has played in more than 30 games with the Aggies, faces a misdemeanor charge of assault in Harris County. In a probable cause statement, a complainant alleges that Stansbury poured a can of beer on his head and struck him with a closed fist on March 16 at Rice University.
According to the document, Stansbury told police that he was asleep at the time of the alleged assault in League City, Texas with his girlfriend and that he was not on the Rice University campus. Stansbury claimed that he has not visited Rice in several years.
According to a CSPD public information officer, the three were together when Pope was pulled over for having expired registration on the vehicle. The officer on the scene ran Pope's license and found a warrant for failure to appear. The officer then ran the licenses of Stansbury and Matthews, finding warrants out for both individuals.