Nutt: No Decision On Hicks

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas coach Houston Nutt hasn't decided on a punishment for tight end Jared Hicks, who was arrested and cited for public intoxication in West Fork on April 19.

Nutt, who was in Little Rock last week because of his father's death, said he won't make a decision until after the senior's trial. Hicks pleaded innocent in West Fork District Court on Tuesday and a trial is scheduled for May 3.

Hicks was a passenger in a car pulled over for moving "erratically" in a park around 3 a.m. on April 19, according to West Fork police chief Michael Nelson. The driver, Stephen Sprick, was arrested for driving under the influence. Hicks and another passenger were arrested for public intoxication.

"My whole problem is when you're out late like that, that's what I'm disappointed in," Nutt said. "We should be here getting ready, studying. I don't have any course of action yet until I find out the results of exactly what happened and he's going to trial and those things. To me, that's wasted oxygen right now."

Nutt said Hicks' arrest was one of two reasons he slipped from first- to fourth-team tight end on Arkansas' spring-ending, depth chart. In addition, Hicks reinjured a shoulder that bothered him throughout 2004 and missed much of the spring.

Hicks played in 10 games last season despite sustaining a dislocated shoulder in the opener. He caught 8 passes for 98 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Hicks was the second Razorback, joining Clarke Moore, arrested this spring for an alcohol-related offense.

Moore was arrested and cited for driving under the influence in Farmington in March. The senior is scheduled to appear in court on May 11.

"I guess the most disappointing thing is to have two seniors," Nutt said. "The only problems we've had all year was two seniors. That's disappointing. They're supposed to be leaders and they're better people than that. That's disappointing."

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