FAYETTEVILLE — Three Arkansas football players were suspended indefinitely after being arrested and charged with felony residential burglary for alledgely stealing items from dorm rooms.
Wide receivers Marquel Wade and Maudrecus Humphrey and tight end Andrew Peterson were arrested by the University of Arkansas Police Department on Saturday. Peterson and Humphrey were charged with nine counts of residential burglary. Wade was charged with one.
Residential burglary is a Class B felony in Arkansas.
Arkansas coach John L. Smith — who was hired to replace fired coach Bobby Petrino late last month — issued a statement announcing the three players had been suspended Saturday afternoon.
“We have high standards for our student-athletes and I expect them to conduct themselves appropriately,” Smith said in the statement.
“Poor conduct and misbehavior will not be tolerated and is not what we expect from the University of Arkansas football program.”
UAPD responded to a call regarding a residential burglary from a dorm room on May 1. The female victim stated she had a laptop stolen from her unlocked room, according to the report.
Over the next seven days, UAPD took a total of 10 reports about stolen items from the Northwest Quad buildings. Stolen items included textbooks, laptops, cash and DVDs and totaled $4,817.
UAPD reviewed video from the locations, according to the report. Three suspects later identified as Peterson, Humphrey and Wade walked through hallways, checked doors and entered rooms.
A clerk in the Campus Bookstore later identified Peterson, Humphrey and Wade as having been in the store “multiple times” selling textbooks. Textbooks and other stolen property also were recovered from Peterson’s suite in the Northwest Quads.
All three players remained in jail Saturday night. No bond had been set, according to the Washington County Detention Center.
Arkansas’ total of arrested players this spring has now risen to six, adding another disappointing chapter in what has been a tumultuous two months highlighted by Petrino’s dismissal.
Offensive lineman Jason Peacock was arrested on a felony theft charge in March and has a trial date set for June 18. Wide receiver Kane Whitehurst was charged with possession of marijuana on April 1. Linebacker Tyler Gilbert was arrested and charged with felony aggravated residential burglary and theft of property in mid-April
Wade’s suspension is the biggest blow to the Razorbacks. The Florida native caught 8 passes for 62 yards and returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown as a freshman.
He also enjoyed a big spring, settling into a starting spot with Jarius Wright, Joe Adams and Greg Childs preparing for the NFL Draft. He was Arkansas’ second-most productive receiver behind returning senior Cobi Hamilton and drew plenty of comparisons to Adams for his big-play potential at receiver and on special teams.
Humphrey, a junior from Alabama, caught one pass for nine yards in a reserve role last season. Peterson, a Texas native, redshirted in 2011 but figured to contribute at tight end in 2012.
Smith said earlier this month he planned to allow players arrested before his arrival a chance to earn their way back into good graces. Smith added he’d like to do that with “any problem.”
“You work out a plan with every one of them,” Smith said last month. “My belief has always been this: we’re going to do what’s best for this team, period. Along the way, secondly, we will consider you as an individual and try to again do what’s best for you as an individual. Hopefully we can give you an opportunity to correct that problem - and you better correct the problem.”