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University of South Carolina defensive tackle Byron Jerideau was arrested and charged by Columbia, S.C. police with disorderly conduct early Friday morning.

Details of Jerideau’s arrest – which allegedly took place in the Five Points bar district in downtown Columbia – were not immediately available, although whatever happened we’re guessing the criminal justice major is about to pick up some real-world, hands-on experience regarding our justice system.

Jerideau, a redshirt junior, played in every game for USC in 2011. He recorded 7 tackles, 1.5 sacks and a fumble recovery for the Gamecocks – who won a school-record 11 games and finished in the Top Ten for the first time ever.

The 6-foot-1, 315-pound lineman appeared in seven games in 2010, recording 10 tackles and two sacks. A native of Green Pond, S.C., Jerideau played at Colleton County High School in Walterboro, S.C. After that he played at Fort Scott (Kansas) Community College, where his team lost the 2009 junior college national championship to Cam Newton’s Blinn Buccaneers.

UPDATE: Courtesy of the Alvin Glenn Detention Center, here’s Jerideau’s mug shot …

UPDATE II: Sources tell FITS that Jerideau – who was also charged with a pedestrian violation – was “blocking the road” and disagreed with the police department’s assessment of his behavior.

BYRON JERIDEAU (Official Bio)

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