Oklahoma's top tackler, captain Alexander arrested

Updated: October 16, 2006, 9:30 PM ET
Associated Press

NORMAN, Okla. -- Linebacker Rufus Alexander, Oklahoma's leading tackler, was arrested after a confrontation with police.

Alexander said he was trying to stop a fight early Sunday. He was charged with disturbing the peace and interfering with official process -- both misdemeanors -- and was released after posting bail.

After practice Monday, coach Bob Stoops said any disciplinary action would be internal.

"Internally we'll do some work with him in some ways unless we find out something different," Stoops said.

Alexander, a team captain and an NFL prospect, told The Oklahoma Daily he was in his car with a friend, Jared Scelfo, when James Wheeler stepped in front of the vehicle. A disturbance followed and police arrived.

"My friend got out of the car and I was stopping him before he did something stupid," Alexander told the student newspaper.

Scelfo was arrested on the same charges as Alexander. Wheeler was arrested on charges of disturbing the peace, interfering with an official process and public intoxication.

Alexander had seven tackles and a diving interception in Oklahoma's 34-9 win against Iowa State on Saturday. During the game star tailback Adrian Peterson broke his collarbone and probably will miss the rest of the regular season.

Stoops also said that starting safety Reggie Smith had an MRI on his left knee and did not practice Monday.

"He's on crutches, just to kind of give it some rest. We're looking to hopefully practice him on Wednesday," Stoops said.

"They've looked at it and think it's something that should heal up here fairly soon," he added.

Smith also returns kickoffs and punts for the No. 20 Sooners (4-2, 1-1 Big 12), who play Colorado on Saturday.

Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press