- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 28, 2010

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.

Peterson was being held at the Lane County Jail and was scheduled for arraignment on Thursday afternoon. It is not immediately known if he had an attorney.

Beard, a redshirt freshman, kicked off 83 times last season. He had one field goal attempt, a 51-yarder blocked by UCLA defenders.

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