Alfonzo Dennard Arrested For Punching Police Officer
Nebraska’s outgoing star cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was arrested of assaulting a police officer, possibly hurting his status in next weekend’s NFL draft.
Dennard, 22, has been projected to be as high as a second-round pick. But Dennard’s arrest could drop him from the third to fourth round, a difference that could cost him about $300,000 in salary over a standard four-year rookie contract.
Dennard is known for his aggressive play. He and South Carolina receiver Alshon Jeffery were ejected from the Capital One Bowl for taking swings at each other.
Lincoln Police Capt. Jason Stille said officers tried to break up a fight between Dennard and a 22-year-old man outside a Lincoln bar shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday. Dennard hit the man before punching an officer who tried to intervene in the head, Stille said.
He was arrested after a brief struggle with four officers, police said. The officer hit in the head did not seek medical treatment.
Dennard was jailed on assault of a police officer, third-degree assault and resisting arrest.
He was the senior leader of Nebraska’s receiving corps last season, earned All-Big Ten honors and won the conference’s inaugural Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year Award.