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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, January 28, 2010

CFB: Police make arrest in Oregon kicker assault

Associated Press

EUGENE, Ore. Police have arrested a 20-year-old Eugene man in an assault on Oregon kicker Rob Beard.

Maurice Dion Peterson was taken into custody on second-degree assault charges on Wednesday.

Beard, who handled kickoffs for the Ducks last season, was battered to unconsciousness early Sunday after intervening in a fight to help fellow place-kicker Mike Bowlin.

Beard's younger brother says the kicker required surgery after suffering a broken nose and other facial injuries. Beard has been released from a Eugene hospital.

Police say the case is still under investigation.