Kentucky linebacker Ridge Wilson dismissed from team after arrest

jsmith3@herald-leader.comFebruary 27, 2012 

One of Kentucky’s top returning linebackers was dismissed from the team late Monday after his arrest a day earlier on felony drug charges.

UK Coach Joker Phillips dismissed senior-to-be Ridge Wilson on Monday, football spokesman Tony Neely said, adding that Phillips will not be commenting further on the situation.

According to his arrest citation, Wilson was found in a car in Louisville with a "bag full of Xanax pills" and $1,947 in cash in his jeans pocket at 12:17 a.m. on Sunday.

Wilson, a former standout at Central High School in Louisville, was found in his hometown in the 600 block of Oak Street, an "area known for drug trafficking and drug use," according to the uniform citation.

Wilson was seen leaning down in the driver's seat of his vehicle on the side of the road, the report said.

When a police officer approached Wilson's vehicle, he said "the subject was extremely nervous and kept mentioning he played football for the University of Kentucky."

The report says that Wilson, 21, gave the officer permission to search his vehicle. The search yielded a pair of jeans in the back seat of the car with a bag of Xanax pills in the back pocket.

Wilson also had $1,947 cash in the jeans he was wearing, the report said.

It is not Wilson's first arrest.

As a freshman in 2009, he was suspended from the football team following his arrest on a fourth-degree assault charge after police said he punched a woman in the face on campus and then fled the scene.

As details emerged Monday morning, Neely said Wilson had been suspended from the team. That later was amended to a dismissal.

The 6-foot-3, 240-pound linebacker would have been Kentucky's second-leading returning tackler next season.

Despite a season that ended early because of a shoulder injury, Wilson was the Cats’ sixth-leading tackler in 2011, getting 47 stops (three for a loss) in nine games. He also had two sacks and a fumble recovery.

Jennifer Smith: (859) 231-3241. Twitter: @jenheraldleader.

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