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Arkansas Coach John L. Smith Discusses Player Arrests with Media

Six Razorback football players have been arrested in less than three months. Wednesday, John L Smith addressed the media and discussed the arrests and the players futures with the team.


Arkansas Razorback Coach John L. Smith
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On May 12, tight end Andrew Peterson along with receivers Marquel Wade and Maudrecus Humphrey were charged with residential burglary after being accused of stealing items from dorm rooms.

Coach Smith says all three have been suspended indefinitely and do not even have lockers. None of them are in school for the first summer session.

In March, offensive lineman Jason Peacock was charged with felony theft for allegedly stealing a debit card and using it to purchase $35.01 in gas. He has rejoined the team and Smith says he believes the problem has been corrected, although Peacock still has a trial date on June 18.

Kane Whitehurst was arrested for possession of a controlled substance on April 1, he has been released from his scholarship and intends to transfer.

Another felony charge was given to linebacker Tyler Gilbert for residential burglary and theft of property. He was suspended indefinitely by interim coach Taver Johnson before Smith was hired, but Smith says that Gilbert now at least has a locker.

Right now, no news out of Fayetteville about the football program is good news. Seems like it’s been one thing after another since Easter weekend when Coach Petrino rode his Harley off the road and his career ended at Arkansas. Here’s hoping for a quiet summer.


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