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Tennessee players reach deals, will perform community service

By Chip Patterson | Staff Writer

Tennessee defensive lineman Danny O'Brien and ex-Vols linebacker Dontavis Sapp entered agreements with the state to have all charges from a Feb. 9 arrest dropped.

O'Brien, Sapp and linebacker A.J. Johnson were among seven Tennessee football players cited for alcohol-related offenses after police broke up a party in an apartment in Knoxville.

Sapp's charge of purchasing alcohol for a minor was dropped Thursday, and his charge of resisting arrest will be dismissed if he performs 32 hours of community service, submits to alcohol assessment and pays court costs. O'Brien must complete 40 hours of community service and undergo a similar process in have his charges -- criminal impersonation, resisting arrest and underage consumption of alcohol -- dropped.

Johnson, scheduled to appear in court on Friday, and Sapp were starters for Tennessee in 2013 while O'Brien is expected to compete for a starting job on the defensive line in 2014.

"We are aware of the situation and are still in the preliminary stages of gathering all facts and information," said coach Butch Jones in a statement released by the school after the arrests. "We have very high standards and expectations within our football program at the University of Tennessee, and appropriate action will be taken."

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