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Former UW-Whitewater star arrested

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Stan Milam
October 31, 2012

— Levell L. Coppage, who holds all-time leading rushing records at UW-Whitewater, is facing felony drug charges.

Coppage, 22, is charged with four felony counts of manufacturing/delivery of marijuana, one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana and one misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Walworth County Circuit Court.

Coppage was the star running back for the Warhawks during their three national championships in 2009, 2010 and 2011. He completed his athletic eligibility at the end of the 2011 season.

The UW-Whitewater student directory lists Coppage as a student. His address is listed as 213 N. Fraternity Lane, No. 206, Whitewater.

UW-Whitewater Athletic Director Paul Plinske said he was saddened to hear about the charges.

"Levell was a tremendous student-athlete for us," Plinske said. "He was transitioning to a full-time student to complete his requirements for graduation.

"We have reached out to Levell and offered our assistance," he said. "Beyond that, this is now a matter in the judicial system. It is out of our hands."

Court records indicate Coppage is free on a $2,500 signature bond.

The UW-W football media guide lists Coppage as the team's all-time leading rusher with 7,795 yards in four seasons from 2008 to 2011.

He also holds team records for career touchdowns (109), touchdowns in a season (35 in 2009) and most yards rushing in a game (386 against Eau Claire in 2009), among others.

He also leads the team in career rushing attempts with 1,324 carries. His other all-time records include:

-- Most yards rushing in one game—386 against Eau Claire in 2009

-- Most touchdowns in a game—4, accomplished four times during his career

-- Most touchdowns in a career—109

-- Most touchdowns in a season—35 in 2009

Coppage ended his UW-Whitewater athletic career with several honors. In 2010 he was the team and conference most valuable player. He was a first team All-American in 2011 and is a member of the conferences all-time team.



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