Two Arkansas players suspended for marijuana

Updated: December 2, 2005, 1:47 AM ET
Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas coach Houston Nutt has suspended guard Fred Bledsoe and defensive end Michael Tate after the players were arrested at their campus dormitory for marijuana possession.

Someone at the University of Arkansas residence hall called campus police after smelling marijuana smoke on Wednesday night, said Lt. Gary Crain. Police knocked on the dorm room door and arrested the players after finding 5 grams of marijuana in a plastic bag inside the room, Crain said.

Bledsoe and Tate are scheduled to appear Dec. 19 in Fayetteville District Court after they were booked at the Washington County Jail and released on $500 bond.

"Fred and Michael have been suspended from our football team for violating team rules," Nutt said on Thursday. "A decision on their future with our program will be made after all other appropriate proceedings have been completed. I'm disappointed that these bad decisions will not only affect their future, but also reflect poorly on the Razorbacks."

Bledsoe, a sophomore, played eight games for Arkansas this year. Tate, a redshirt freshman, appeared once. The Razorbacks (4-7) finished their season with a loss at No. 3 LSU last week.

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