Since joining the SEC on July 1, 2012, Texas A&M has enjoyed quite a run.
The program has elevated itself from afterthought to potential power thanks to an 11-2 record and a Heisman Trophy winner in Year 1.
But all is not rosy in College Station.
Starting cornerback Deshazor Everett and starting safety Floyd Raven are each facing two counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief stemming from an April incident at a College Station apartment complex, according to The Bryan-College Station Eagle.
The two players have been suspended from team activities, according to Chuck Carlton of The Dallas Morning News:
Texas A&M DBs Deshazor Everett and Floyd Raven have been suspended from team activities while facing assault charges, the school announced.— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) July 1, 2013
Raven and Everett were allegedly part of an altercation on April 7 involving 10 to 12 people that left two men with injuries to the face and caused more than $500 in damage to a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe, according to The Eagle report.
That altercation started earlier that evening at the Hookah Station bar, when Raven, 20, and Everett, 21, sprayed champagne into a group of people, which provoked pushing and shoving in the crowd. The fight was broken up at the bar, but moved to the apartment complex where Raven lived.
Raven turned himself in to police Monday morning, and Everett followed suit Monday afternoon. The charges are Class A misdemeanors that carry a maximum sentence of one year in jail.
Depending on how long their suspensions last, this could be big news for Texas A&M's defense.
Questions about the Aggies' defense have persisted this offseason, but the one reliable piece of that puzzle had been the secondary, which before these arrests had the experience and depth to be opportunistic and put the A&M offense in good field position.
Everett made a name for himself last year when he intercepted Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron on the goal line late in A&M's 29-24 win over the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa, preserving the upset. He made 56 tackles, had two interceptions and broke up seven passes last year.
Raven saw spot duty last season, making 16 tackles and picking off one pass at corner. He moved to safety this spring and solidified a starting role, which left head coach Kevin Sumlin excited about his future.
"He played well this spring, and I think he'll continue to get better this offseason," Sumlin said last month. "If Floyd can continue to develop and get his size and speed and range back there that we need, it will really strengthen our defense."
Texas A&M needs the two to be ready to go once toe meets leather this fall. The Aggies have tuneups with Rice and Sam Houston State before hosting Alabama in Week 3 at Kyle Field.
* Barrett Sallee is the lead SEC college football writer for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained firsthand.
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