Ohio State Linebacker Pleads Innocent To Disorderly Conduct

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State linebacker Fred Pagac Jr. pleaded innocent Wednesday to charges of persistent disorderly conduct.

Pagac, a senior backup, was arrested at 3:45 a.m. Sunday after police said he was intoxicated and trying to fight another person about 12 hours after the Buckeyes' homecoming victory over San Jose State. The police report said an officer told Pagac to stop but he continued to fight.

Head coach Jim Tressel said Tuesday that Pagac was suspended from the team for Saturday's game at Wisconsin.

In seven games this season for the unbeaten Buckeyes, Pagac has 11 tackles including eight solos with two tackles for minus yardage.

Persistent disorderly conduct is a fourth-degree misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum 30 days in jail and up to a $250 fine. He entered his plea in Franklin County Municipal Court.

Pagac's father is a former Ohio State player and assistant coach who is now a defensive coach with the NFL's Oakland Raiders.

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