Notre Dame, which crushed Texas in South Bend in the 2015 season opener, begins its 2016 season in Austin against Texas; the Fighting Irish, however, are only 5-14 in their first true road game of the year since Lou Holtz left. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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Six Notre Dame players arrested in two separate incidents

Starting safety Max Redfield was the fourth-leading tackler in 2015; CB Devin Butler may face felony charge for fighting police

Posted August 20th, 2016

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Six Notre Dame players were arrested in two separate incidents late Friday and early Saturday morning, according to various reports.

Starting safety Max Redfield, linebacker Te’von Coney, receiver Kevin Stepherson, running back Dexter Williams and cornerback Ashton White were charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Redfield, Stepherson and Williams face additional charges for possession of a handgun without a license, according to police. Redfield is a two-year starter and the fourth-leading tackler for the Irish last season.

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In a separate incident, cornerback Devin Butler was arrested on suspicion of battery, according to St. Joseph County police. Spokesman Lt. Joe Galea told The Associated Press that Butler faces a preliminary felony charge of resisting law enforcement causing bodily injury to a law enforcement officer.

Butler’s arrest stems from an incident at the Linebacker Lounge where two women were fighting each other. Officers told Butler to step back. “He shouted profanities at the officers and started swinging his fist,” Galea said, according to the AP.

One officer was taken to a local hospital for treatment for minor injuries, including a sore wrist, Galea said.

“Any student arrested on a felony charge also faces dismissal from the university,” Notre Dame spokesman Paul Browne said in a statement. “The university will determine if additional sanctions should apply to any or all of the students charged.”

Notre Dame opens the season against Texas on Sept. 4. In Austin, UT coach Charlie Strong said his players were aware of the six arrests. “We’ve got handle our business and not allow that to happen,” Strong said. “We’ve just got to make sure we control our program.”

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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