DeLone Charged in Oklahoma

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A University of Nebraska football player accused of assaulting a University of Oklahoma spirit group member surrendered to authorities in Norman Monday.

Cleveland County District Judge Reginald Gaston released offensive lineman Darren DeLone on his own recognizance following an initial court appearance.

An arrest warrant was issued Friday after prosecutors charged DeLone with felony aggravated assault and battery for an incident before the November 13 Nebraska-Oklahoma game in which a member of the Ruf/Neks was injured.

Nineteen-year-old Adam Merritt was knocked unconscious and suffered injuries to his head, neck, back, teeth and the upper palate of his mouth.

District Attorney Tim Kuykendall says witnesses told authorities DeLone appeared to speed up when he ran off Owen Field, rammed his helmet into Merritt's face and then shoved him into a brick wall.

Defense Attorney Garvin Isaacs says the incident was an accident and declined further comment following the court appearance.

Gaston scheduled DeLone's preliminary hearing for January 10.