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Sunday, May 21, 2006

Tide linebacker Simpson arrested

Birmingham News, AL

University of Alabama starting linebacker Juwan Simpson was arrested Saturday by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and charged with receiving stolen property, possession of marijuana and carrying a pistol without a license.

Simpson, 21, was booked at the Bessemer Jail. He is free after posting a bond of $7,000, according to a deputy at the jail. The bonds included $5,000 for receiving stolen property and $1,000 each for marijuana possession and the firearm charge.

Simpson, a senior and Decatur native, has started at linebacker for two years. He was a 2005 Academic All-Southeastern Conference selection who earned his undergraduate degree in financial planning in December. He is pursuing a second degree in criminal justice, according to UA media relations.

At the conclusion of spring practice April 1, Crimson Tide coaches presented Simpson with the Derrick Thomas Community Award, named after the late ex-Alabama linebacker who was actively involved in charitable works.

After starting every game for the Crimson Tide last fall, Simpson is one of four returning starters on defense for the 2006 team.

UA head coach Mike Shula could not be reached for comment.


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