2 arrested in beating of UO football player

2 arrested in beating of UO football player
Rob Beard
EUGENE, Ore. - Eugene police say two men have been arrested following an assault on University of Oregon football player Rob Beard.

The Eugene Register-Guard reports that 19-year-old Kirby Taylor Hawkins was arrested Thursday and charged with second-degree assault. Maurice Dion Peterson, 20, was arrested Wednesday on the same charge. Both are Lane Community College students.

Beard, a 19-year-old placekicker for Oregon, was badly beaten Sunday after trying to break up a fight between his friend, fellow UO kicker Mike Bowlin, and several other people. Beard fell to the ground.

Melinda Kletzok, a Eugene police spokeswoman, said someone continued to kick Beard and he was left unconscious.

Beard was transported to RiverBend Medical Center early Sunday morning, where he underwent facial reconstruction surgery.

On Monday, his mother Leslie Beard called the attack "horrific" but said her son was getting better. By Monday afternoon he was awake and could walk, talk and read, although he was still in pain.

Dan Straub lived nearby and said he saw the attack from his balcony.

"I saw him getting hit in the back of the head, just coldcocked right from behind when he wasn't looking," Straub said.