BYU Players Charged with Assault for Restaurant Fight

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 15, 2012

FORT COLLINS, CO - NOVEMBER 01:  Head coach Bronco Mendenhall of the Brigham Young Cougars prepares to lead his team onto the field to face the Colorado State Rams at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium on November 1, 2008 in Fort Collins, Colorado. BYU defeated CSU 45-42.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Four BYU football players were officially charged with assault stemming from a fight that occurred earlier this month.

The Associated Press report states that reports were charged after a surveillance camera captured the incident at the Rancherito restaurant (via

Prosecutors in Provo, Utah, say they filed misdemeanor assault charges against 20-year-old Matthew Santos, 21-year-old Alexander Jackman, 21-year-old Zachary Stout and 23-year-old Joe Sampson.

Joe Sampson and Zachary Stout had already withdrawn from the program after head coach Bronco Mendenhall announced last week that the two were suspended, according to ESPN.

Sampson is the biggest loss as the team's starting safety and senior leader. He had 33 tackles this year and it will take multiple players to be able to replace him.

The other three players had minimal to no playing time this season.

Still, this type of incident reflects poorly on a program that takes its honor code very seriously. 

BYU is bowl eligible after its recent 52-13 win over Idaho, but two more road games against San Jose State and New Mexico State go a long way in determining the success of the season.

Hopefully for the Cougars, the rest of the No. 7 scoring defense in the nation will be able to pick up the slack and take care of business without these players.