Reports: DWI dropped for UT's Monroe

Updated: December 19, 2009, 9:13 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Texas kick returner D. J. Monroe can rejoin the team before the BCS title game against Alabama after charges for driving while intoxicated were dropped in exchange for a plea agreement, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

Monroe pleaded guilty to a charge of obstruction of a passageway Friday and received deferred adjudication, local reports said.

Texas coach Mack Brown planned to talk to Monroe and his family next week about his plans for the freshman when Brown returns from a recruiting trip, the American-Statesman reported, citing an athletic department spokesman.

"He's extremely happy," Monroe's lawyer, Brian Roark, said, according to the Austin newspaper. "He is hoping to play in the national championship game and continue his career at Texas."

Monroe was suspended indefinitely after being arrested on a drunken driving charge in November, hours after a win against Baylor.

Before missing three games, Monroe set a Texas record with two kickoff returns for touchdowns this season for the Longhorns. He also had 110 yards on 20 carries at tailback.

The second-ranked Longhorns will play the No. 1 Crimson Tide on Jan. 7 in the Citi BCS National Championship Game.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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