It was a rough Monday for the University of Alabama football team who is normally used to getting nothing but good news. Four freshmen were arrested Monday and face charges of second degree robbery or fraudulent use of credit cards. The players were booked by the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office. Running back Brent Calloway was charged with fraudulent use of credit card. Linebackers Tyler Hayes and D.J. Pettway were charged with second-degree robbery. Defensive back Eddie Williams was charged with both crimes.
This is the second arrest for Williams, 20. Williams was arrested Sunday on a charge of carrying a pistol without a license. This is the second arrest for Calloway since his time on campus, who was charged with second-degree possession of marijuana in 2011. All four players were released Monday night.
According to the Alabama Police Department, two UA students reported that they were robbed by two men on campus. Both said they were asked by a man to borrow a cigarette lighter, before striking them on the head, stealing their belongings and leaving in a dark SUV. Information then led police to three of the football players. Further details of the arrest and the incident that took place have not been released. The fourth player was arrested for fraudulent use of a credit card/debit card relating to the initial robbery case.
All four were backup players for the Crimson Tide's 2012 National Championship team, playing minor roles throughout the season. Calloway, listed as a running back/tight end, carried the ball just 10 times for 63 yards last season, while recording eight tackles on special teams. Williams is a former 5-star recruit as a defensive back but did not see playing time last season. Pettaway was a redshirt freshman defensive lineman last season. He played in 13 games, recording eight tacks, four for a loss, and 2 ½ sacks. He was also named to the All-SEC freshman team. Hayes was a freshman linebacker who also played in 13 games with a total of 14 tackles. Most of his work came off special teams.
Previous arrests have been handled internally with the University. An Alabama spokesman said the school was aware of the arrests but would not immediately comment on the charges until more details were immediately available.