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Former North Clayton football player arrested, suspended from Alabama football

From Wire and Staff Reports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama freshman defensive lineman Jeremy Elder, who starred at North Clayton High School, has been arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree robbery.

Elder was arrested Sunday and remained jailed Monday on $120,000 bond after two male Alabama students reported to campus police Saturday night that they were robbed by a a gun-wielding man.

Crimson Tide's second-year coach Nick Saban said Elder has been indefinitely suspended from all football-related activities.

Elder, a 6-foot-3, 271-pounder from College Park was redshirted last season.

During his high school career, Elder earned first team All Southern Crescent honors. He was also highly rated by several recruiting services befores signing last year with the Crimson Tide in February of 2007.

"I won't have an announcement on his future status until I have had a chance to review all of the information," Saban said in a statement Monday. "The university and football program have strict guidelines regarding legal issues of this magnitude."

Elder's arrest by university police was first reported by The Tuscaloosa News and The Birmingham News.

The allegations were posted on the campus police Web site.

The two students reported a male approached them with a gun as they walked to their vehicle in the Small Group Housing parking lot shortly after 11 p.m., and took cash from one of the students.

Neither student was hurt during the robbery.

Under state law, first-degree robbery involves either a "deadly weapon or dangerous instrument" or someone causing "serious physical injury to another." Both charges are Class A felonies.