By Parrish Alford
OXFORD – Ole Miss defensive back Charles Sawyer was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with DUI and running a stop sign, Lafayette County Sheriff’s records show.
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze, speaking at his Monday press conference, said he had not yet spoke with Sawyer but that Sawyer had left a humble message on his phone.
Sawyer’s status at present is unclear, but Freeze said there will be “consequences.” He went on to praise Sawyer’s character.
“He was emotional and disappointed in himself, and we were disappointed in his decision,” Freeze said. “He’s one of the finest kids on this team.”
A senior from Miami, Sawyer was a returning starter at cornerback but missed most of August camp recovering from offseason surgery on both his rotator cuff and meniscus.
He played sparingly at Vanderbilt and was held out of the Rebels’ 31-13 win over Southeast Missouri State with hopes of being more healthy and helping bring stability to the position for Saturday’s game at Texas.
Sawyer made three starts at rover last year and 10 at cornerback. He broke up nine passes and intercepted one.