LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A former Husker football player has been given probation for driving drunk and resisting arrest in Lincoln.

Lancaster County District Court records say Alfonzo Dennard, 30, was sentenced Monday to five years of probation. He'd pleaded no contest to the two charges after prosecutors dropped a felony charge of assaulting an officer.

Officers stopped Dennard's vehicle early in the morning of Dec. 23, 2018, for having an expired registration and were going to arrest him for driving with a suspended license. Dennard refused to put his hands behind his back, the officers said, and then scuffled with them.

It wasn't Dennard's first run-in with police. In September 2018 he was arrested after failing to appear in court on three misdemeanor traffic-related charges. He was fined $275.

In 2012 Dennard was arrested in Lincoln on suspicion of assaulting an officer and resisting arrest. He was sentenced to 60 days for assault and 36 months of probation for resisting arrest. He later was ordered to spend five days in jail for violating probation by failing an alcohol test.

Dennard played in the Huskers' defensive backfield from 2008 through the 2011 season and later played professionally for the New England Patriots.

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