Traces of marijuana and drug paraphernalia were among the items seized by Penn State University Police earlier this month in a campus apartment belonging to aspiring NFL defensive end Jack Crawford.
Crawford, a former standout for the Nittany Lions, is a St. Augustine Prep graduate and Longport resident. Neither Crawford nor his agent, St. Joseph High School graduate Rich Rosa, returned phone calls Monday seeking comment. Crawford did not mention the incident on his Twitter account.
A copy of a search warrant obtained by The Press of Atlantic City listed blunts, a bottle of Hurricane malt liquor, a bottle of prescription medication, a grinder, a plastic bag containing marijuana ash, a blue towel with buds and a scale among the items discovered by police when they entered an apartment in Nittany Apartments belonging to Crawford and current Penn State wide receiver Devon Smith on March 14.
Crawford worked out for NFL scouts during Penn State’s annual Pro Day earlier that day. The 6-foot-5, 270-pounder is widely projected as a late-round pick in next month’s NFL draft.
No charges have been filed against either player.
A report on StateCollege.com stated that a residence life coordinator called Penn State Police to the apartment after noticing a damaged window screen on the second floor. Police chief Tyrone Parham said officers entered the residence out of concern that a burglary might be taking place and then obtained a search warrant after seeing some of the items in plain sight.
“I’m still gathering information,” new Penn State coach Bill O’Brien told the newspaper during his Monday news conference to kick off the start of spring drills. “We’ll have something at a later date.”
Smith practiced Monday, according to The Associated Press.
Crawford, who is taking online courses toward earning his degree in Anthropology, initially left Penn State’s campus after the Nittany Lions’ bowl game Jan. 2. He rented an apartment in Mount Laurel for a few weeks while training with former Philadelphia Eagles tackle Tra Thomas prior to the Senior Bowl on Jan. 28. He then moved to Florida to prepare for the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis last month.
Crawford, a native of London, had never played football until his junior season at St. Augustine. At Penn State, he registered 89 tackles and 14 sacks as a three-year starter.
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