A Texas A&M University football player has been charged with assault in connection with a March 24 fight in College Station.
Derrick Tucker, who is listed as a defensive back on the Aggie football roster, was booked into the Brazos County Jail and released Thursday after posting $5,000 bail, according to court documents.
According to the police report, Tucker and another man got into an argument over tacos, and the argument became physical.
Police said the other man had scrapes, cuts and bruises all over his legs and hands as well as swelling on the back of his head.
No information about the circumstances of Tucker's arrest on Thursday was released. He is listed as a junior from Manvel on the Texas A&M athletics website.
Assault causing bodily injury is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
Tucker is one of many possibilities to start at safety for A&M heading into 2019.
Tucker played in 11 games as a true freshman in 2017 with seven starts. He made 55 tackles including 14 in a 31-24 victory over Ole Miss. He returned an interception 19 yards in the third quarter at Oxford to give the Aggies the lead for good at 28-24. He also forced a fumble to earn Southeastern Conference player of the week.
The 6-foot-1, 202-pounder had a disappointing sophomore season, making only 21 tackles with one pass breakup in 10 games, eight of them starts, the first eight games of the season. Tucker had five tackles against Alabama, four of them solos, but he had only six tackles in the next four games.
He missed Auburn, Ole Miss and UAB with a shoulder injury, then came back to play against LSU in the regular-season finale, but made no tackles. With senior safety Donovan Wilson out for the Gator Bowl matchup against pass-oriented North Carolina State, Tucker started and made six tackles in the 52-13 victory to match his season-high.
A&M coach Jimbo Fisher praised Tucker’s play early in spring drills.