Marshall RB Kevin Grooms dismissed after felony burglary charge

Kevin Grooms was the 2012 Conference USA Freshman of the Year. (USATSI)
Kevin Grooms was the 2012 Conference USA Freshman of the Year. (USATSI)

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After his third arrest in a span of 16 months, Marshall has dismissed junior running back Kevin Grooms.

Per a report from the Charleston Daily Mail citing jail records, Grooms was arrested Saturday and charged with burglary, domestic assault by threat, petit larceny and fleeing by foot. The burglary charge is a felony.

Marshall issued a statement Saturday saying Grooms had been dismissed for a "violation of team rules and policies" and would have no further comment. 

Grooms was also arrested in April 2013 on misdemeanor charges of underage consumption and obstruction, and again in November of last year on misdemeanor domestic battery and obstruction charges. That arrest led to an indefinite suspension that held Grooms out of the Thundering Herd's Conference USA championship game loss to Rice and Military Bow lvictory over Rice.

Before the suspension, Grooms had gained 503 yards in an injury-hampered 2013 season, good for third on the team. In 2012 Grooms had been named the Conference USA Freshman of the Year after leading the Herd with 737 yards.

Marshall is the heavy Conference USA favorite in 2014 and considered by many as a threat to go undefeated in the regular season.

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