PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State linebacker Will Derting was suspended after he was cited for driving under the influence
following the Cougars' 30-7 victory over Arizona, coach Bill Doba
Derting, the Cougars' leading tackler, made a preliminary
appearance Monday in Whitman County District Court in Colfax. A DUI
ticket can be punished by up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.
Derting was released after his court appearance and an
arraignment was scheduled for Thursday, the Whitman County
prosecutor's office said.
Doba said Derting will remain on suspension until the football
staff completes its investigation of the incident. He said he
didn't know how long the suspension would last.
Doba wouldn't comment on whether Derting would miss games as a
result of the suspension.
It is likely Derting will be placed on team probation until his
legal problems are resolved in court, Doba said. During the
suspension, Derting will be unable to participate in team
activities, including practices and weightlifting, the coach said.
Derting, a 20-year-old sophomore from Okanogan County, has 37
tackles through six games. He also has 3.5 sacks, a forced fumble
and a fumble recovery.
Doba said Derting came to his office Sunday to tell him what had
happened the previous night.
Derting told him he was given the ticket after a truck he was
parking for a friend bumped the vehicle behind it, Doba said. There
was no damage to either vehicle, but officers on the scene detained
Derting and administered a blood-alcohol test.
"I've got a call into the chief of police to see what the
situation was," Doba said. "He was re-parking a pickup truck for
a person that had parked with the tail end sticking out in the
street. So, it's not like he was driving down the street doing 80
Doba said he will "try to do the right thing for everybody
involved" after receiving the facts of the case. "Will feels as
bad as anyone."
Freshman Scott Davis is Derting's backup. Davis has played in
all six games and has 21 tackles, one sack, two fumble recoveries
and one forced fumble.