Updated: Tennessee DB Jaylen McCollough Arrested On Felony Assault Charge

The start of Tennessee-Alabama week has gotten off to a rough start for the Vols, as starting DB Jaylen McCollough was arrested Sunday night. McCollough was booked Sunday evening on a felony aggravated assault charge.

According to the arrest report, the incident occurred Sunday, around 3:28 p.m. ET. A Tennessee spokesperson did not provide comment late Sunday night.

Update: His first scheduled appearance for a preliminary hearing is November 18th at 8:30am. Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel met with the media on Monday and briefly addressed the situation.

“We learned of it really late yesterday and are gathering more information,” Heupel said. “As we get more information, I’ll have more for you.”

As for the process that the staff will go through in determining his status, Heupel said he’ll rely on the administration.

“As they gather information, we’ll have a conversation based on the facts of it and then go from there”

The victim, listed as Zion Spencer in the report, told officers he had been drinking with friends that live in the same complex and went to retrieve items from his vehicle.

Spencer stated that when returning, he thought he went back to his friends apartment, but did not realize he went to the wrong building on the way back.

Spencer also told officers he went to what he thought was his friends apartment and knocked on the door, but when no one answered, he stepped inside the apartment.

He said that he immediately realized he had entered the wrong apartment, while apologizing to the people inside, per the arrest report. The document states that Spencer then left and was walking out of the area when an unknown male began to pursue him, while also becoming aggressive.

The report states that Spencer apologized again, while also stating ‘He didn’t have to be a (expletive) about it’ to the man.

As Spencer was walking away, he told officers he heard footsteps and turned around, which is when he was struck in the face and fell down the stairs, losing consciousness. After the incident and regaining consciousness, Spencer told officers that a male and female were helping him to his feet.

Tennessee’s Jaylen McCollough (Knoxville County Jail).

Officers attempted to make contact with the apartment owners, but were not successful.

One of the people who were trying to help Spencer after being struck was the girlfriend of Jaylen McCollough, who called him back to the scene, the report reads.

When McCollough returned to the scene, his right hand was in bandages, with blood showing on his hand, according to the report.

McCollough was taken into custody and did not answer any questions at the scene.


Written by Trey Wallace

Wallace started covering the SEC in 2012, as the conference landscape was beginning to change. Prior to his time in Knoxville, Wallace worked in Nashville for The Read Optional, where he first produced content that garnered national attention. His passion for sports is evident in his work and has led him to break some of college football’s biggest stories. His social media reach and natural podcast proficiency continue to make Wallace one of SEC’s most trusted sources.

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  1. This “what happened” report sounds quite convoluted. Historically, UTenn football players are arrested for robbing c-stores and raping coeds. … coaches come and go, but UT “student-athletes” in trouble is “a tradition like no other”. … sigh.

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