Ex-Hog pleads not guilty to second-degree battery

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Former Arkansas football player Dedrick Poole, accused of punching a doorman at a bar in February, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to second-degree battery, according to the Washington County prosecutor's office.

Poole, 23, has a trial date for July 25.

An affidavit supporting the warrant against Poole said he was involved in an altercation with doorman Ben Hicks outside Willie D's piano bar Feb. 16. According to the affidavit, when Poole arrived with several friends -- including former Razorback Ahmad Carroll, now with the Green Bay Packers -- Hicks told them the bar had reached its capacity and they couldn't enter.

Poole became angry, began shouting at Hicks and punched him in the face, the affidavit said. Hicks suffered a broken orbital bone and required surgery, the affidavit said.

Hicks sued Poole and Carroll on March 22.

Poole had 5 yards rushing and 35 yards receiving as a senior in 2005.