Bielema sus­pends Kel­ley in­def­i­nitely

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SPORTS - 11 a.m. Satur­day, Reynolds Ra­zor­back Sta­dium, Fayetteville (CBS) TOM MUR­PHY

FAYETTEVILLE — Dan Enos was in no mood on Mon­day to talk about quar­ter­back Cole Kel­ley’s week­end ar­rest.

Enos, the Arkansas Ra­zor­backs’ third-year of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor and quar­ter­backs coach, was asked twice at his weekly news con­fer­ence about Kel­ley, who was sus­pended in­def­i­nitely by Coach Bret Bielema fol­low­ing his early Sun­day ar­rest by Fayetteville po­lice on sus­pi­cion of driv­ing while in­tox­i­cated and two other charges.

“That’s a pri­vate con­ver­sa­tion,” Enos said. when asked what he had to say to his fresh­man quar­ter­back Sun­day.

Asked later how dis­ap­pointed he was in the 6-7 fresh­man, Enos replied, “I don’t have a com­ment on that.”

Thus, the Ra­zor­backs (46, 1-5 SEC) en­ter Satur­day’s game against Mis­sis­sippi State (7-3, 3-3) with se­nior Austin Allen at start­ing quar­ter­back op­er­at­ing at less than peak ef­fi­ciency and red­shirt sopho­more Ty Storey as the backup.

Bielema an­nounced Kel­ley’s suspension at his noon news con­fer­ence Mon­day

af­ter talk­ing to him Sun­day af­ter­noon and speak­ing by phone with Roger and Sheri Kel­ley, the Lafayette, La., fresh­man’s par­ents Mon­day morn­ing.

Kel­ley will be re­moved from all team-re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties this week, Bielema said.

“He’s been pretty hon­est and up-front with me all the way through,” Bielema said. “Ob­vi­ously there’s court pro­ceed­ings go­ing on, so I won’t com­ment about the specifics, other than he’s very dis­ap­pointed. We were dis­ap­pointed.

“He’s go­ing to have to do a lot of grow­ing up in a short amount of time. I’ve had con­ver­sa­tions with his par­ents

and we’re all on board mov­ing for­ward. For how­ever long the suspension, through this week for sure, through Satur­day, I think he’s got to un­der­stand what life can be like with­out foot­ball. And also ad­dress all the other is­sues. If he does all that we’ll kind of ad­dress it at that point mov­ing for­ward.”

Kel­ley was pulled over at around 4 a.m. Sun­day off Wed­ing­ton Drive af­ter his ve­hi­cle’s pas­sen­ger tires went over the curb, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice re­port, and he did not con­sent to a por­ta­ble blood-al­co­hol test. He was taken to the Washington County De­ten­tion Cen­ter and charged with sus­pi­cion of DWI, care­less driv­ing and vi­o­la­tion of the im­plied con­sent law.

Allen played all but the fi­nal

two series in Satur­day’s 33-10 loss at LSU. In his first ac­tion af­ter a four-week lay­off to rest the shoul­der he in­jured on Oct. 7 at South Carolina, Allen com­pleted 13 of 23 passes for 140 yards, was sacked once for an 8-yard loss and had 2 other runs for 8 yards.

Allen did not com­plete a down­field pass longer than 18 yards and mis­fired on a hand­ful of deep op­por­tu­ni­ties against the Tigers.

“He didn’t play well enough for us to win,” Enos said. “There’s some things he missed. So to me, as a quar­ter­back you’re judged pretty sim­ple. We ei­ther win or we don’t. He’s got to play bet­ter and we’ve got to play bet­ter around him.”

Allen went 3 for 3 for 39 yards and had an 8-yard

scram­ble to the LSU 1 on Arkansas’ lone touch­down drive, a 10-play, 86-yard march that ended on Devwah Wha­ley’s 1-yard run over the left side.

“He got some con­fi­dence. He got to see if his shoul­der is go­ing to hold up,” Enos said. “And any time you play at game speed and LSU on the road, you play good peo­ple who are well coached.

“Hope­fully we’ll see a step for­ward this week and he’ll play faster and a lit­tle more con­fi­dent. Hope­fully he’ll be able to make some of those plays we didn’t make on Satur­day.”

Kel­ley went 3 for 10 for 36 yards on the last two series. The Tigers stopped him short on a quar­ter­back sneak on fourth and 1 at the Arkansas 22 on his first series, then the Tigers’ An­draez Wil­liams in­ter­cepted his fi­nal pass in the LSU end zone in the fi­nal minute.

Storey has taken snaps in only one game this sea­son, the fi­nal series of the Ra­zor­backs’ 49-7 vic­tory over Florida A&M in the sea­son opener. He took sig­nif­i­cant sec­ond-team reps last week with Kel­ley re­hab­bing the turf toe in­jury he suf­fered against Coastal Carolina on Nov. 4.

“I think Ty has done a good job,” Enos said. “He’s pro­gressed and con­tin­ued to re­ally try to im­prove on the things we’ve talked to him about im­prov­ing on.

“I think ob­vi­ously all the reps he got last week will be a ben­e­fit for him this week. He’ll get all the twos this week so that will be two weeks in a row he has got quite a bit of reps.”

Bielema said Kel­ley was sub­dued in their Sun­day meet­ing.

“He was very quiet,” Bielema said. “One of the few times I’ve seen Cole quiet. He’s go­ing to han­dle it the right way, I think. He agreed to all the terms that I laid out in front of him.

“When you’re in these po­si­tions, I think the big­gest thing is you have to take it and run and learn. Some­times when you’re 19 and 20 you don’t feel like you’ve got to hear these les­sons, and I want to make sure that they ab­sorb it and learn.

“Again, great dis­cus­sions with his fam­ily. Cole has a very bright fu­ture. This shouldn’t be the def­i­ni­tion of his ca­reer. This should be one of those mo­ments that shows who he is.”

Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette/BEN­JAMIN KRAIN

Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema (left) of­fi­cially con­firmed Mon­day that fresh­man quar­ter­back Cole Kel­ley (right) has been sus­pended in­def­i­nitely fol­low­ing his ar­rest Sun­day on sus­pi­cion of driv­ing while in­tox­i­cated and two other charges.

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