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College football: Two Aggies linemen suspended after arrest

Web Posted: 12/06/2007 03:04 PM CST

Brent Zwerneman
San Antonio Express-News

Updated: 6:50 p.m. Thursday

COLLEGE STATION — Texas A&M indefinitely suspended two football players Thursday after their arrests a day earlier on felony robbery and drug counts.

Yemi Babalola was charged with two aggravated robbery counts and one count of misdemeanor marijuana possession, according to a College Station police statement. Brandon Joiner was charged with three drug possession counts, one a felony.

Babalola was free Thursday on bond totaling $52,000, according to records at the Brazos County Jail. Joiner remained in jail with bond set at $16,000, records show.

A spokeswoman for the Brazos County district attorney's office said Thursday an arraignment hadn't been set. It wasn't clear if Babalola and Joiner had hired lawyers.

Aggravated robbery is a first-degree felony and is punishable by between five and 99 years and a fine of up to $10,000, according to police.

Babalola, a junior from Bryan, is a three-year starter at A&M. Joiner, who's from Killeen, redshirted this season.

Joiner's bond information was unavailable.

A week ago, police responded to a report of an armed robbery at a College Station apartment complex. An apartment resident and a friend were bound with tape as one of two men pointed a gun at them inside the apartment, according to police.

The two men then fled on foot after taking several small items, according to police. One of the apartment's occupants suffered minor bruises to his face, according to the report.

On Wednesday, College Station detectives served a search warrant at the home of one of the suspects in the aggravated robbery, according to police.

After interviews at that home, a second search warrant at another home was executed, where detectives discovered marijuana, ecstasy and hydrocodone, according to police. Babalola and Joiner both were arrested after the searches of the homes, but only Babalola was charged with robbery.

More charges might be filed in both cases, according to police.

The 7-5 Aggies, who are coming off of a 38-30 victory over rival Texas on Nov. 23, play Penn State on Dec. 29 in the Valero Alamo Bowl.

Dennis Franchione resigned as A&M's coach following the Aggies' victory over UT. On Nov. 26, A&M named Mike Sherman as its new head coach, but current defensive coordinator Gary Darnell will serve as interim coach in the Alamo Bowl.

Cannon said interim coach Gary Darnell was unavailable for comment late Wednesday night. The Aggies are expected to arrive in San Antonio for the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 24.

Babalola, 21, won the starting offensive tackle job in his freshman year and started 11 games in 2005. Last season, he started only three games because of injury.

He started six games this season, including the UT game, after again dealing with an injury.

Joiner, 18, earned Class 5A all-state honors at Shoemaker High School last year.


bzwerneman@express-news.net

The Associated Press contributed to this report






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