Former Walton High School and University of Alabama running back Tyren Jones was charged with felony assault after allegedly hitting a man and a woman with a hand gun in Smyrna, according to media reports.
Jones was arrested Friday, according to a warrant. The Atlanta Journal Constitution and WSB TV were the first to report the incident.
The female victim was treated at a local hospital for a bruise to the back of the head, according to the report, and the male victim was cut on his ear and head. As Jones was allegedly striking the man, the gun went off.
In addition to the assaults, Jones was charged with possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana. Police found the drug in Jones’ car.
According to the report, the sheriff’s office said Jones had been released from the Cobb County jail on $35,000 bond.
As a junior at Walton in 2011, Jones was named the Class AAAAA Offensive Player of the Year, after a season in which he ran for 2,375 yards and 33 touchdowns. As a senior in 2012, Jones was slowed by injury, but he still ran for 1,672 yards and 17 touchdowns to earn second-team all-state honors.
He earned a scholarship to Alabama and carried the ball 36 times for 224 yards and two touchdowns as a sophomore in 2014. Jones was then dismissed from the team in 2015, after his arrest on marijuana possession charges.
Jones played at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas during the 2015 season and appeared to have earned another chance to play in the Southeastern Conference. He committed to South Carolina last January and was thought to be a front-runner for the starting job, but he never signed with the Gamecocks because of academic issues.