Adams, Shugarts plead not guilty

Updated: March 1, 2009, 4:34 PM ET
Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Two Ohio State offensive linemen have pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of possessing drug paraphernalia.

Eighteen-year-old Mike Adams and 19-year-old J.B. Shugarts were cited Jan. 14. Court records did not specify what type of paraphernalia police found.

The players are scheduled for pretrial hearings in court this week and face up to 30 days in jail and a $250 fine if convicted.

Both freshmen played last season and were injured. They were expected to be in competition for starting spots in the upcoming year.

An Ohio State spokeswoman did not return a call seeking comment Sunday.


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