Southern Miss CB Ed Wilkins charged with armed robbery, suspended

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

Ed Wilkins (No. 20) started nine games for Southern Miss in 2013. (USATSI)
Ed Wilkins (No. 20) started nine games for Southern Miss in 2013. (USATSI)

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Todd Monken's difficult job at Southern Miss isn't getting any easier.

Monken said in a statement reported by the local Sun Herald that starting cornerback Ed Wilkins has been "removed from the program" while the school looks into his Friday arrest on felony armed robbery charges.

Wilkins and a second man were arrested and booked into Forrest County Jail after allegedly entering a Hattiesburg residence and demanding money and drugs from three victims inside at gunpoint. Per the Sun Herald, the incident report filed by police claims that officers found Wilkins asleep in a vehicle across the street from the site of the alleged robbery, and that Wilkins admitted to planning the robbery with the the other man charged, 19-year-old Michael Bailey.

Per the report, the victims told police Wilkins had entered the residence wearing a ski mask and sweater, items police say were found alongside a handgun and cash inside the vehicle.

Wilkins started nine games as a redshirt sophomore in 2013, making 39 tackles and 1 interception as the Golden Eagles went 1-11 in Monken's first season as coach.

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