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No. Colo. fullback arrested, faces assault charges

GREELEY, Colo. -- A Northern Colorado fullback was arrested
after a weekend fight outside an apartment complex, becoming the
third UNC football player in five weeks to be accused in
altercations.

Garrett Bliss, 21, was arrested on suspicion of third-degree
assault early Sunday in Evans, a small town adjacent to Greeley.
Police Sgt. Tracy Moore told the Greeley Tribune investigators
believe Bliss was angry over text messages sent to his girlfriend's
mobile phone, went to the apartment complex with friends and
attacked a man he suspected of sending the messages.

Moore said Bliss was booked into the jail after he acknowledged
to officers he had attacked the man. He was released on $7,500
bail. No court appearance had been set.

Bliss had no listed phone number. He did not immediately return
a message left at his parents' home in Durango.

In a statement issued through the school, coach Scott Downing
said other football players were present during the incident and
their involvement was being investigated. Bliss has been suspended
for one game, Downing said.

The victim's name and condition were not immediately released.

Last month, UNC backup punter Mitch Cozad was arrested on
suspicion of stabbing rival Rafael Mendoza in the leg in a bid to
win the starting job. The case drew nationwide attention and
comparisons to the attack on Olympic skater Nancy Kerrigan by Tonya
Harding's hit man.

Mendoza has returned to the team. Prosecutors declined to charge
Cozad but said they were still investigating.

Last week, defensive lineman and co-captain Jacob Carlson was
cited for disorderly conduct after a fight outside a sports
restaurant and bar. A police report indicated he was punched at a
bar after telling a Latino man he didn't like Mexicans.

Carson, 23, of Greeley was suspended from the team and was
awaiting surgery on the orbital bone around his left eye.

Bliss, a sophomore from Durango, started eight games last season
but has played a backup role this year, appearing in four games. He
spent the 2004 season as a redshirt at Wyoming.

UNC spokesman Kyle Schwartz said Monday the university was
waiting for more information from police before taking action.

"We just don't know all the details yet," he said.