After Texas offensive lineman Kent Perkins was arrested early Friday morning for driving while intoxicated, Longhorns’ head football coach Charlie Strong announced Monday that Perkins will be suspended one game for his actions.
This is according to multiple reports. As a result of the suspension, Perkins will miss the Longhorns’ next game at Oklahoma State on Saturday.
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Perkins was was arrested near campus and booked into Travis County Jail at 4:54 a.m. Friday morning. Perkins was involved in a single-vehicle collision and was found asleep in his car by Travis County police. Perkins was asleep in his car while in the drive-thru lane of Raising Cane’s, a restaurant near Texas’ campus at approximately 3 a.m. on Friday.
“We’re disappointed in his actions and take a strong stance against drinking and driving,” Strong said in a statement (via ESPN) at the time of Perkins’ arrest. “When you get behind the wheel after drinking, you not only risk your life, but the lives of others, and that’s something you just can’t do. We will make sure that Kent learns from this and handle any punishment once we have more information.”
The loss of Perkins is a significant one for Texas, as he is one of the more experienced and trusted lineman the Longhorns rely on. Expect Strong to go to either Jake McMillon and Alex Anderson at right guard for the game at Oklahoma State with Perkins sidelined.
Perkins, a 6’5”, 320-pound senior from Dallas, Texas, starts at right guard for the Longhorns. He has made 26 starts in his career at Texas.
Texas is off a good start at 2-1 and is ranked 22nd in the latest Associated Press poll. However, Texas is coming off a disappointing loss to California last Saturday.
If Perkins serves his suspension without incident he will be eligible to play against Oklahoma on October 8.