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Texas' Benson arrested

Big 12 freshman of the year faces drug, alcohol charges

Posted: Monday April 29, 2002 10:17 AM
Updated: Monday April 29, 2002 4:27 PM
  Cedric Benson Cedric Benson rushed for 1,053 yards and 12 touchdowns as a freshman. Ronald Martinez/Allsport

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) -- Texas running back Cedric Benson, the Big 12 freshman of the year last season, was arrested on misdemeanor drug and alcohol possession charges.

Benson was charged Saturday with possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana under 2 ounces, and with being a minor in possession of alcohol, police said Monday. Police responded to a call about loud music at a Midland apartment.

Benson, 19, was taken to the Midland County Central Detention Center and released after posting $1,365 that morning.

Texas coach Mack Brown said he couldn't comment on the arrest and charges, but called Benson "a great young man who we've really enjoyed having in our program."

Brown said he talked with Benson and added that the case "will be handled within our family."

If convicted on the marijuana possession charge, Benson faces up to a $2,000 fine and six months in jail. The other charges carry up to a $500 fine each.

Benson set a Longhorns freshman record last season when he gained 1,053 yards on 223 carries and scored 12 touchdowns. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers and is expected to play baseball in the minor leagues this summer.

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