Rowell Suspended Indefinitely

Sophomore linebacker Lemarcus Rowell was arrested on Sunday.

Opelika, Ala.--Backup middle linebacker Lemarcus Rowell's status with the Auburn football team is in jeopardy after the sophomore was arrested on Sunday and charged with driving under the influence, possession of marijuana and carrying a pistol without a permit.

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

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