Davis pleads not guilty to drug charges

BOZEMAN, Mont. -- A former Montana State University football player has pleaded not guilty to charges that he sold cocaine to a police informant twice in June.

Derrick Davis Jr., 21, of Santa Monica, Calif., appeared in District Court on Tuesday. He is jailed on $20,000 bail.

Davis, who played cornerback in seven football games in 2005, pleaded guilty in September 2006 to assaulting his former girlfriend, breaking one of her ribs. Court records alleged Davis was drunk when he punched the woman in the face, dragged her by her hair, knocked her head against a vehicle's dashboard and pinned her to the floor by putting his foot on her throat.

Davis was a student assistant for the Bobcats last season before his Sept. 16 arrest.

Davis is one of three current and former MSU football players arrested in December 2006 and accused of selling drugs to an informant working for Missouri River Drug Task Force investigators, court records said.

Andre Fuller, 22, a junior cornerback from Pompano Beach, Fla., and Edward Sullivan, 23, a former wide receiver from Carlsbad, Calif., were also arrested.

Fuller, charged with one count of selling cocaine, and Sullivan, charged with two counts of selling marijuana, remain free on $10,000 bail. Both are scheduled to make their initial appearances in District Court next month.

The drug busts continued last year's string of arrests involving current and former MSU athletes.

Former basketball player Branden Miller and former redshirt football player John Lebrum were charged with murder in June 2006 for their alleged roles in the slaying of Jason Wright. Their cases are scheduled for trial this year.