Early Wednesday morning, defensive lineman Jalen Redmond was arrested by the Norman Police Department as first reported by Rivals. According to the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, the rising star of the Oklahoma Sooner Football program was booked into a detention center at 3:34 AM for driving under the influence. The incident marks the first off-season legal issue for a player at the university this season.
After arriving on campus for the first year, Redmond maintained a redshirt largely due to blood clots limiting the capacity to participate in athletic activity. However, the following campaign, the lineman flashed signs of greatness while racking up 13.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. Possessing experience in the system, Redmond is expected to compete for the starting role with at least one other name.
Clearly a difference maker on the field, questions surround the situation and what it means for Redmond moving forward. For now, the university as well as the program has refrained from making an official statement.