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Bobcat defender arrested, removed from team

An Ohio University football player is no longer on the team after being charged with three counts of assault and allegedly possessing marijuana.

Kyle Kozak, 22, of Pickerington, has been charged with assaulting three individuals early Saturday morning and was later arrested on Richland Avenue in Athens. When he was arrested, he allegedly was in possession of  “a controlled substance, commonly known as marijuana,” according to court documents.

Three people filed complaints against Kozak Saturday. Ryan Bir filed a sworn statement that Kozak struck him in the face, and Aaron Comstock said the football player used a brick to strike his foot, according to court documents. Sarah Cecil’s deposition states that he struck her in the face and grabbed her arms.

He was arrested and jailed for marijuana possession at 3:30 a.m. Saturday.

Kozak was a redshirt junior defensive lineman for the Bobcats. He walked on to the team after transferring from Indiana. He sat out the 2010 season because of NCAA rules and had a breakout spring. In the spring game, Kozak led all defenders with three sacks and added a fourth tackle.

“Ohio defensive lineman Kyle Kozak has been dismissed from the football program due to a violation of team rules and policies,” said Jason Corriher, assistant athletic director for Media Relations, in a statement.

Head football coach Frank Solich was not made available for comment.

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