Three members of the Arkansas Razorback football team have been arrested on charges of residential burglary, according to multiple reports.
Receivers Maudrecus Humphrey and Marquel Wade and tight end Andrew Peterson were arrested by the University of Arkansas Police Department on Saturday and have been booked into the Washington County Detention Center, The Associated Press reported.
The report stated that the items allegedly stolen were worth at least $4,800 and included computers and textbooks.
Wade had eight receptions for 62 yards last year as a freshman while junior Humphrey has one career reception of nine yards. Both Wade and Humphrey are listed second on the 2012 spring depth charts. Peterson is a redshirt freshman and listed fifth on the tight end depth chart.
According to AP, new coach John L. Smith “immediately and indefinitely” suspended the players.
According to ArkansasNews.com, these latest arrests increase the number of players arrested in the spring to six. Jason Peacock was arrested on felony theft charges in March, while Kane Whitehurst and Tyler Gilbert were both arrested in April — Whitehurst on a marijuana possession charge and Gilbert on felony aggravated residential burglary and theft of property charges in April.
Arkansas is still reeling from the scandal involving then-head coach Bobby Petrino and his inappropriate relationship with athletics department employee Jessica Dorrell. Petrino was fired by athletic director Jeff Long on April 10 after it was discovered that Petrino had initially lied about his relationship Dorrell and details stemming from a motorcycle accident.
Smith was hired on April 23 to coach the Razorbacks this season. His contract is for ten months and $850,000. Smith had been a popular assistant coach at Arkansas before taking on the head coaching job at Weber State in December 2011.