TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw and a female student identified as his girlfriend were free on bond Thursday after being arrested on a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence and third-degree harassment.
University police charged Upshaw and Kendall Lynn Gryzb, both 19, after an altercation at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of the campus recreation center, according to documents filed at Tuscaloosa County district court.
Upshaw practiced Thursday afternoon. The 6-foot-2, 249-pound sophomore is battling with Eryk Anders for a starting job at jack linebacker, a hybrid end/outside linebacker position, after playing in the final 13 games last season and recording 22 tackles.
Arresting officer Rusty Romine said he spotted Upshaw following Gryzb in the parking lot. He said she appeared to be shouting at Upshaw after he caught up with her.
"At this time Upshaw grabbed Gryzb by the back of the neck and hair" and appeared to try to push her down, Romine wrote in a deposition and charge sheet.
He said she freed herself and attempted to hit Upshaw in the face but missed, then the player grabbed her forearm and pushed her away.
Romine said he separated the two. The officer said both indicated the altercation started after Grzyb saw Upshaw talking to another female. Grzyb said she slapped him and walked away, then Upshaw followed her, the report said.
Upshaw was ranked as the nation's No. 4 defensive end prospect and No. 29 overall by ESPN.com out of Eufaula High School, where he was a Class 5A all-state selection.