Ohio State football player Tracy Sprinkle is facing charges of cocaine possession, rioting and failure to disperse following a massive bar fight in northeastern Ohio early yesterday, which police described as a riot.

Sprinkle, a 19-year-old backup defensive end, is from Elyria, near Lorain. He was arrested between 2 and 3 a.m. yesterday in Lorain, a Lorain city jail official said, and was still being held as of 11:40 a.m. today.

The cocaine was not found on Sprinkle, but rather hidden in the back seat of a squad car in which he had been placed after the fight.

Police acknowledged another arrested person had been in the vehicle prior to Sprinkle. The officer searched the car after the first person's release and had found no drugs.