Coach Tommy Tuberville announced on Monday that the sophomore-to-be has been suspended indefinitely from the football team and his status will be evaluated at a later date.
Opelika police arrested the former Opelika High School star at approximately 2:45 a.m. on Sunday for speeding on Pepperell Parway.
The 6-3, 229-pounder signed with the Tigers in February 2001, but did not play that season because of a mixup at the NCAA Clearinghouse that mistakenly did not declare him eligible for competition. Rowell played in 11 games in 2002 as a true freshman and was credited with seven solo tackles and 13 assists in a reserve role.
With Mark Brown graduating, Rowell was a favorite to win the middle linebacker spot in spring drills. However, after a slow start, AU coaches moved senior Dontarrious Thomas from outside linebacker to the middle linebacker spot, where he is expected to be the starter. Rowell was battling 6-2, 238 sophomore Kevis Burnam for second string status in the spring. Mike Sherill, a redshirt freshman, also plays middle linebacker