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Arkansas' McBride suspended

Backup QB to miss Citrus Bowl after DUI arrest

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Posted: Saturday December 19, 1998 01:59 PM


FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas (AP) -- Sophomore Chadd Jones will be Arkansas' backup quarterback for the Citrus Bowl against Michigan, replacing Jared McBride, who was suspended after an arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol.

McBride is the third Razorback to be suspended by Coach Houston Nutt this year because of an alcohol-related driving arrest.

"I read them the riot act," Nutt said. "I'm going to suspend Jared McBride for a game for breaking team rules... and leave it at that."

Neither McBride nor Jones has seen much playing time behind starter Clint Stoerner, who helped lead the Razorbacks to a 9-2 record and No. 11 ranking nationally.

Jones hasn't played since the season opener when he completed 1-of-5 passes for 10 yards. McBride, in three games, completed 1-of-3 passes for 5 yards.

Despite being barred from playing in the January 1 game in Orlando, McBride practiced with the Razorbacks on Saturday, the university said.

The Razorbacks went through an hour of team drills inside and then held a team meeting. Nutt sent the players home for a few days before reconvening Wednesday night in Orlando.

Although the players maintained their focus, Nutt said he could sense their eagerness to leave the Fayetteville campus for a shortened holiday break. "They're ready to get home and see mama," Nutt said.

Fayetteville police reports show that McBride, 20, was arrested at 1:28 a.m. Thursday and charged with driving under the influence after being pulled over for driving erratically and crossing the center line. He also was cited for careless driving.

His blood-alcohol content registered .03, well below the .10 level required for legal intoxication of those 21 or older. However, under state law, anyone younger than 21 with a level more than .02 can be charged with DUI.

Reserve junior linebacker and special teams player Delancey Kent also has been suspended from the Citrus Bowl because of a recent DUI charge.

Senior kicker Todd Latourette was suspended from the game against Mississippi State, which Arkansas lost 22-21, because of a DUI charge three nights before that game.

Police say McBride was arrested coming from the same Sixth Street club as Latourette and by the same officer -- James Tolly -- who arrested Latourette.

Tolly's report said that McBride's eyes were red and he smelled alcohol on his breath. Tolly then arrested him and transported him to the Fayetteville city jail, where McBride was given an alcohol breath test.

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