DT Speaks arrested on DUI charge

Published 6:04 am Sunday, March 6, 2016

Ole Miss defensive tackle Breeland Speaks was arrested early Friday morning on a charge of DUI-first offense.

Speaks, a rising redshirt sophomore, was booked into the Lafayette County Detention Center by an officer with the Oxford Police Department at 12:35 a.m. and released at 7:05 a.m. after posting bond, according to the jail docket. Jail records show he’s scheduled to appear in municipal court on April 6 at 10 a.m.

“Breeland’s poor choice does not meet the expectations of our program, and there will be consequences,” Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said in a statement. “He and I have spoken, and he is very disappointed in himself and will accept whatever punishment is handed down.”

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The 6-foot-3, 313-pound Speaks, the favorite to take over for Robert Nkemdiche, repped with the first-team defensive line in the Rebels’ first two spring practices. Speaks, who signed with Ole Miss out of Callaway High in 2014, started the Sugar Bowl and played in all 13 games last season, finishing with 32 tackles and a sack.

“We are very thankful he is safe and that this was not a life-altering decision,” Freeze said. “In these situations, we hope our young men learn from their mistakes and do net let the mistake define them.”

Ole Miss began spring practice Wednesday with Thursday’s practice the only one that’s been open to the media so far. Media members will be allowed to watch Monday’s practice.