2 Southern Miss players arrested

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Southern Mississippi running back Damion Fletcher and offensive lineman Brennan Houston were arrested on separate charges Sunday.

Fletcher, the school’s all-time leading rusher, was arrested late Sunday night for allegedly firing at least one gunshot at an apartment complex.

Hattiesburg Police Department spokesman Synarus Green told The Associated Press on Monday that Fletcher, 21, was charged with discharging a firearm at the apartment complex in Hattiesburg and the 22-year-old Houston was booked for marijuana possession.

Both charges are misdemeanors.

Green would not link the men to the university and a school spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.

Green said no one was hurt and it appears Fletcher fired the weapon into the air.

Fletcher has 4,287 career rushing yards after running for 1,313 yards and 10 TDs this past season. He became Southern Miss’ career rusher in less than 2 1/2 seasons, breaking Ben Garry’s 31-year-old record of 3,595 yards. He won the Conerly Trophy in 2007, which is given annually to Mississippi’s top college football player.

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