Mississippi State players face misdemeanor charges

Updated: October 16, 2003, 9:05 AM ET

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Three Mississippi State football players will be in court next month to face misdemeanor charges.

Chris McNeil, a second-team center, and Nick Signaigo, a third-team fullback, were arrested and charged with public drunkenness and disorderly conduct stemming from an Oct. 2 incident at the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house on the university campus.

Each player posted a $506 bond and was released. McNeil's initial appearance at Oktibbeha County Justice Court is scheduled for Nov. 4. No date has been set for Signaigo.

In a separate incident, Bryson Davis, a redshirt freshman, will appear in Starkville Municipal Court on Nov. 7. He was charged with disturbing the peace after a Sept. 26 incident in Starkville.

Davis, from Plainview, Texas, has played in all six games for MSU, catching two passes for 16 yards and rushing once for 4 yards.

Signaigo, a junior from Collierville, Tenn., didn't play against Vanderbilt on Oct. 4, two days after his arrest. McNeil, a sophomore from Petal, made a brief appearance against the Commodores when starting center Blake Jones got sick.

Bulldogs coach Jackie Sherrill was mostly tightlipped regarding McNeil and Signaigo's situation, saying, "You know I'm not going to comment on that. Whatever they went through, they went through it on (Oct. 4). They paid their dues."

A conviction for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness calls for a maximum penalty of $500 and six months in jail. A conviction for disturbing the peace calls for a maximum penalty of $200 and four months in jail.

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