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Update: Marshall defensive back accused of punching police officer

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Four Marshall football players, including the team's leading rusher in 2010, were arrested Sunday morning.

About 2:46 a.m. Sunday, police officers were at The Thirsty Whale as patrons were leaving the club, said Captain Alan Rohrig of the Huntington Police Department.

He noted the crowd likes to gather outdoors after closing hours and that police were there to encourage them to go on to their cars.

"Some individuals didn't think they needed to leave and officers tried to escort them out,"  he said.

Sophomore defensive back Phillip Warren punched a police officer in the face and is charged with battery on a police officer, obstruction and disorderly conduct, Rohrig said.

Warren was arrested, along with senior running back Martin Ward, redshirt freshman cornerback Corie Wilson and freshman linebacker Stefone Grace. The players were booked in Western Regional Jail.

A Western Regional Jail officer says they posted bond and were released Sunday night. 

"We are aware of the situation and are currently gathering all of the facts pertaining to this issue," Marshall Coach Doc Holliday said. "Once that process is complete, we will handle the matter appropriately."

Ward, 22, was booked at 5:35 a.m. and charged with disorderly conduct. The native of Jonesboro, Ga., led the Herd in rushing in Holliday's inaugural season with 345 yards and one touchdown.

He had two of his four career rushing touchdowns and 75 rushing yards in the 2009 Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl win over Ohio, which earned him game MVP honors.

Last season Ward carried just four times for 20 yards, an average of 1.8 yards per game. He had a 12-yard carry in a road loss to Ohio and three carries for eight yards in a home win over UAB.

Friday, in the team's most recent spring football practice, Ward had 155 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the Herd's intrasquad scrimmage.

The 20-year-old Warren, who was booked at 5:30 a.m., had the most charges levied against him: battery on police, disorderly conduct and obstructing an officer. The 5-10, 189-pounder from Miami played in 12 games (one start) last season. He made 26 tackles.

Wilson, a 5-10, 180-pounder from Miami, sat out last season as a redshirt. Wilson, 21, was charged with obstructing an officer and fleeing on foot and booked at 4:40 a.m.

Grace, a 6-3, 200-pounder from Cincinnati, enrolled in January. Grace, 19, was charged with obstructing an officer and disorderly conduct and booked at 3:45 a.m.

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