Five Notre Dame players arrested in traffic stop

Five Notre Dame football players were arrested Friday night after police stopped them for speeding and reported finding a handgun and marijuana in the car.

Senior safety Max Redfield, redshirt freshman cornerback Ashton White, freshman wide receiver Kevin Stepherson, sophomore running back Dexter Williams and sophomore linebacker Te’von Coney were each charged with possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor. Redfield, Stepherson and Williams were also charged with possession of a handgun without a license.

An Indiana State Police trooper stopped the players in Fulton County for driving 73 mph in a 60 mph zone, according to an ISP news release. The officer reported smelling marijuana coming from the car, and a police dog indicated that there were drugs in the vehicle. Officers found a handgun and marijuana after searching the car, according to the report.

“Any student arrested on a felony charge also faces dismissal from the university,” Paul Browne, vice president for public affairs and communications at Notre Dame, said in a statement. “The university will determine if additional sanctions should apply to any or all of the students charged.”

Redfield has been a starter at safety the past two seasons. He was the Irish’s fourth-leading tackler in 2015.

Williams gained 81 yards on 21 carries last season.

In a separate incident, Notre Dame cornerback Devin Butler was arrested early Saturday morning on preliminary charges of battery to law enforcement and resisting law enforcement in a separate incident.

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