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Oklahoma's top tackler, captain Alexander arrested

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.