Purdue Football Players Arrested


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Police used a stun gun to control a Purdue football player who is accused of fighting with an officer trying to arrest people at an underage drinking party that followed the Boilermakers win over Indiana.

Junior defensive end Eugene S. Bright, 21, was charged with battery on a police officer and resisting law enforcement, Lt. Gary Sparger of the West Lafayette Police Department said Tuesday. Bright hit the officer in the arm and chest, Sparger said.

"We got him to the ground, and he would not give up," Sparger said of the 6-foot-4, 250-pound player. "He continued to wrestle."

Also arrested was Purdue redshirt wide receiver Derek Benson, 21, who lived at the home where the party was held early Sunday. He was charged with suspicion of furnishing alcohol to a minor, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, disorderly conduct and maintaining a common nuisance.

Sophomore tight end Jerry Wasikowski, who also lived at the home, was cited for violating the noise ordinance. Four others also were cited for minor consumption.

Purdue coach Joe Tiller was investigating, said football sports information director Tom Schott. Tiller's weekly news conference was set for Tuesday. Purdue beat intrastate rival Indiana Saturday afternoon, 28-19, in the annual Old Oaken Bucket game.

About eight hours after the game at Purdue, police responded to a complaint of loud noise at the home near campus. When officers arrived, someone started yelling profanities at them, Sparger said.

He said several people started running from the house, with some jumping from second-story windows to evade police.

Benson, who has not played a down for Purdue, was not supposed to travel with the team for its game Saturday at Hawaii.

Bright has been a backup defensive end for three years and has eight tackles this season. Schott said a decision would be made Tuesday on whether Bright would travel with the team.

Wasikowski joined the team as a walk-on in 2004, and was awarded scholarship in 2005, when he appeared in all 11 games as reserve and on special teams.

Both Bright and Benson were released from the Tippecanoe County Jail after posting bond Sunday. Telephone listings were not available for the players in the West Lafayette or Purdue directories.