SOUTH BEND – It was a rough night off the football field for the Notre Dame program Friday night and early Saturday morning.
A total of six Irish football players were arrested in a pair of separate incidents.
Five players were arrested Friday night after police stopped them for speeding and reported finding a handgun and marijuana in the car.
Senior safety Max Redfield, redshirt freshman cornerback Ashton White, freshman wide receiver Kevin Stepherson, sophomore running back Dexter Williams and sophomore linebacker Te’von Coney were each charged with possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor. Redfield, Stepherson and Williams were also charged with possession of a handgun without a license.
An Indiana State Police trooper stopped the players in Fulton County for driving 73 mph in a 60 mph zone, according to an ISP news release. The officer reported smelling marijuana coming from the car, and a police dog indicated that there were drugs in the vehicle. Officers found a handgun and marijuana after searching the car, according to the report.
Redfield has been a starter at safety the past two seasons. He was the Irish’s fourth-leading tackler in 2015.
Williams gained 81 yards on 21 carries last season.
In a separate incident, cornerback Devin Butler was arrested early Saturday morning on a preliminary charges of battery to law enforcement and resisting law enforcement. Butler was arrested in South Bend after police were called to the Linebacker Lounge near the Notre Dame campus.
Butler was currently sidelined after injuring his foot in June and having surgery. He was expected to be out until October.
The Irish, who begin classes next week, had just finished fall camp practice on Friday.
Notre Dame opens the 2016 season at Texas on Sunday, Sept. 4.