Players accused of burning SUV

Updated: July 6, 2004, 4:53 PM ET
Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Two University of Memphis football players are accused of burning a sport utility vehicle in a rural area of Shelby County.

Derron Parquet, 22, and LaVale Washington, 21, were charged with arson after a witness reported seeing a young man run from a field where a 2001 GMC Yukon was destroyed, sheriff's spokesman Steve Shular said.

Authorities said the vehicle is registered to Parquet's father, Stanley Parquet of Kenner, La.

University spokesman Bob Winn said the school would have no comment on the arrests.

"The university's standard policy is we will make no comment on legal matters that are still under investigation," Winn said Tuesday.

The players were arrested Friday night and released on $3,000 bond each. Shular said a motive for the fire was under investigation.

Parquet is a a senior tailback. Washington, from New Orleans, is a junior defensive tackle.

Parquet rushed for 487 yards on 95 carries as a redshirt junior last season, while Washington had 29 tackles and two sacks.

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