Former Vol Arrested For Campus Assault

By: Nick Bona Email
By: Nick Bona Email

Knoxville (WVLT) -- A former Loudon County football star and University of Tennessee player is behind bars.

Travis Jerome Cozart, 33, has been charged with robbery and assault in relation to the purse snatching last Saturday on UT's Campus.

According to police, Cozart followed a student into Hess Hall, pushed her and took her purse.

She was unharmed but he had gotten away before police arrived on the scene.

Late in the week, the University of Tennessee Police Department and Loudon County Sheriff's office issued warrants for his arrest.

He was taken into custody sometime Saturday.

The arrest was the second in last week's string of campus crimes which also included two armed robberies and a sexual assault on that Saturday.

In the early 90s, Cozart excelled at both football and basketball for Lenoir City High School, ranking as one of the best prep tailbacks and free safeties in the nation his senior year.

He ended up at the University of Tennessee in early 1995 after playing his freshman season at Coffeyville Community College.

During that springs practices he moved up the depth chart, all but guaranteeing play time behind then starting tailback Jay Graham.

But two months before the season began, he a kicked off the team for an off the field incident.

He finished the year playing professionally with the Shreveport Pirates of the Canadian Football League.

In October 1996, Cozart was one of three people arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse after his 15-month old daughter ingested cocaine while in his care.

While that case was pending, he was signed by the Rams for the 1997, but he didn't end up playing.

In October of that year he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault for the cocaine incident, having already spent 30 days behind bars, he was given probation.

But two months later he violated its terms and was sent back to jail.

Cozart was arrested again in July 2006 for violating probation by evading arrest.

At the time he had outstanding warrants in Loudon County.
There is no word when he will appear in court.


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  • by Anonymous Location: Lenoir City, TN on Oct 14, 2007 at 11:39 PM
    The school system we grew up in should accept some responsibility. Instead of encouraging him they criticized him and stood around waiting on him to screw up. They town loved the publicity they got when he took our football team to state but when the game was over he was nothing more than a black thug. He had a very unstable childhood and lived with friends throughout high school having no parents present nor a stable home life. He had more potential than most and wasn't given the encouragement and support necessary for a boy to grow into a man and make something of himself. Lenoir City should step up their awareness of our children in need because many have potential but most are shot down and not given the opportunity to excel. I live in Lenoir City still but my children will never step a foot in the door of any school in this county. I feel terrible for what has happened to Travis and I pray God will take his life and turn it around and use it to make a difference in other's lives.
  • by Tim Bowman Location: Blaine , TN on Oct 14, 2007 at 03:15 AM
    Too bad another good athlete couldn't keep his nose clean! He could've been a millionaire by now! So many athletes just don't realize what kindof of easy life they could have and they just go and BLOW IT!

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