MISSOULA – University of Montana running back Jeremy Calhoun plead guilty to misdemeanor assault after his involvement in a fight in downtown Missoula in May.
Last week, Calhoun completed a two-game suspension for violating the UM student-athlete code of conduct. UM athletic director Kent Haslam confirmed on Wednesday that suspension was related to the same downtown incident.
A misdemeanor charge automatically leads to a two-game suspension for football players, so Calhoun will not be further suspended because of the new charge. He could play for the Grizzlies this weekend. However, he is not listed on Montana’s depth chart for its game at Western Illinois.
Haslam added that UM waited as long as it could to make a decision on Calhoun’s status. But when he had not been charged by the week of the first game, UM acted on information it had and chose to suspend Calhoun.
The senior from Long Beach, Calif. is Montana’s leading returning rusher from last season. In three years in Montana’s backfield, Calhoun has rushed for 1,620 yards and 25 touchdowns. He missed spring practice this year while recovering from offseason surgery.
In Calhoun’s absence, redshirt freshman Adam Eastwood has started for Montana, gaining 66 yards on 20 carries. Senior Alijah Lee has gained six yards on five carries in two games.