Blotter: Marcus Harrison, One Toke Over the Line

by Lance Turner  on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2007 10:29 am  

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The Arkansas Razorbacks' Marcus Harrison, set to start this coming weekend in the season opener vs. Troy, has been suspended indefinitely after getting pinched over the weekend for possession, speeding and driving on a suspended license.

From the Democrat-Gazette:

Harrison, 23, of 2164 W. Stone St., Apt. 9 in Fayetteville, faces a felony charge for possession of a controlled substance (Ecstasy ). He also faces misdemeanor charges for speeding driving on a suspended driver’s license, violation of the Arkansas Seat Belt Law and possession of a controlled substance (marijuana ).

“ Marcus Harrison has been suspended indefinitely from our football team for a violation of team rules, ” Nutt said. “ He will not play in the season opener against Troy and could face further disciplinar y measures within the program after the facts are reviewed.

“ I am deeply disappointed that any student-athlete would put himself and his team in the position of losing a senior starter due to off-the-field conduct. We will await the legal process and review his status in the coming weeks. ”

Police found Harrison with a small amount of Mary Jane and an Ecstacy pill. Possession of the former: misdemeanor; possession of the latter: felony.

Nice timing. The Morning News points out that Harrison, injured during spring practice, was on the mend and ready to rock:

Harrison's arrest came only hours after Arkansas released its depth chart for Saturday's season opener against Troy University. The 6-foot-4, 301-pound senior was listed as the starting left defensive end.

Harrison had impressed coaches with his ability to come back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered during spring practice. He also showed potential after being moved from defensive tackle to defensive end.

The Morning News also points out that this is the first Razorback football arrest since Antwain Robinson was picked up in March for swiping some shirts from Dillard's in northwest Arkansas.

Harrison has a Sept. 28 court date on the possession charges. He has an Oct. 8 date for the speeding charge.

Meanwhile, Wally Hall is torn between giving Harrison some comfort food or a little tough love:

One minute, hugging him and telling him everything is going to be all right seems like the thing to do.



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