A third Arizona State player has been arrested in conjunction with the credit card fraud case that led to the dismissal of two of the program's players less than a month ago.
Sophomore Devil backer Ismael Murphy-Richardson was kicked off the team by Sun Devil coach Todd Graham Wednesday, a day after his arrest Tuesday for fraudulent use of a credit card.
Murphy-Richardson's arrest is related to the charges brought against former ASU players Jayme Otomewo and Deonte Reynolds, who were booked at the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office on Dec. 13 following their arrests for burglary each. They are accused of stealing credit cards at an off-campus residence.
A local product out of Desert Edge High School in Goodyear, Murphy-Richardson was set to compete for the starting Devil backer spot beginning this spring. He spent the 2015 season as the backup to ASU starter Antonio Longino, who led the Pac-12 in sacks and tackles for loss. Murphy-Richardson, 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, had 2.5 sacks last season and played well at the hybrid defensive end-linebacker position. From a football standpoint, his dismissal of the most significant of the three related to this case.
Otwomewo is a 6-foot-1 sophomore defensive back from Los Angeles, where he played at Dorsey High School. He's on scholarship and a reserve player for the Sun Devils, not in the regular two-deep. Reynolds is a 6-foot-5 scholarship junior defensive tackle from Pinole, California, who played at Contra Costa Junior College. He is redshirting this season after being a late academic qualifier for the fall semester in his first year with ASU.
Earlier this year Reynolds was involved in a fight according to Tempe police at a gathering at an American Legion hall during Halloween weekend but faced no charges.
This is the fifth local arrest by an ASU player since last March. In June, freshman defensive tackle George Lea was arrested after an incident involving several teammates and a BB gun. Lea isn't playing this season, suspended and facing a forced redshirt. In March, highly regarded junior college transfer Davon Durant was arrested following a domestic altercation with his girlfriend and subsequently suspended before transferring to Marshall.
Durant and Murphy-Richardson play the same position and were considered to be two of the program's better edge pass rush prospects.