The Indiana Hoosiers happen to be a program that suspended six players ahead of its opener against FIU this past weekend. Now it faces a new dilemma, as Jerome Johnson was cited for underage consumption of alcohol after a person found the defensive lineman passed out in stairwell and called university police.
According to HoosierSportsReport.com, the resident assistant staff at Briscoe Quad found Johnson, who is only 18-years-old, passed out in a stairwell. This person then decided called police at 1:40 a.m. on Saturday. The information obtained by the outlet is according to Lt. Craig Munroe of the Indiana University Police Department.
Per the report:
Munroe said officers called an ambulance after they struggled to receive identification from Johnson. The ambulance took him to IU Health Bloomington Hospital, where he later received his citation, Munroe said.
There has been no punishment handed down from the university yet. It is also unclear if there will be any. A statement regarding the matter, however, will likely be made now that this information has gone public.
It is certainly worth noting that Johnson is not exactly a vital member of the Hoosiers team at the moment. A three-star recruit out of the 2016 class, he was rated as the No. 74 defensive tackle in the country by 247sports.com.
For what it is worth, despite six other players being suspended at the time, Johnson did not see the field for the opener. It is obviously worth mentioning that he is only a freshman, and it tends to take young linemen a bit longer to get acclimated to next-level football.