Cole Kelley suspended indefinitely


Photographs by Ben Goff

Cole Kelley (15), Arkansas quarterback, evades Rashard Lawrence, LSU defensive end, in the fourth quarter Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.

— Arkansas redshirt freshman quarterback Cole Kelley is indefinitely suspended and won't play against Mississippi State this week after being arrested Sunday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, careless driving and violating the state's implied consent law.

Kelley won't be involved in any of the preparation or practice this week. Bielema will revisit the situation after this weekend.

"He's got to understand what life can be like without football," Bielema said. "... He has to understand that not only to be an Arkansas Razorback, to be a quarterback starting games here is a very big deal. Social media and everything else around, he's going to be held to a higher standard.

"The blessing that you give can also be your biggest burden, so he's going to have to do a lot of growing up in a short amount of time."

Kelley agreed to the terms Bielema put forth for his return. Bielema also talked with Kelley's parents, who were on board. Kelley was booked at the Washington County Detention Center at 8:47 a.m. He has a court date Wednesday.

"He's been pretty honest and up front with me all the way through," Bielema said. "... He's very disappointed. We were disappointed. It's a learning lesson that I hope he takes full advantage of, as well as our team."

Because of the timing of the arrest, Kelley went through Sunday meetings with the rest of the team, which Bielema said was "one of the few times I've seen Cole quiet."

"I kept him in the building Sunday because I wanted (him) to be around our guys, I wanted him to see them, face them," Bielema said.

Kelley will still be able to receive treatment for his turf toe injury at the facility and will still have access to the academic center and tutors.

Offensive coordinator Dan Enos, who also coaches the quarterbacks, declined to comment on a private conversation he had with Kelley or make a public statement about the quarterback Monday.

Kelley didn't start against LSU, but had started the previous four games in the place of injured senior Austin Allen. Kelley did play against the Tigers, completing 3 of 10 passes for 36 yards with an interception in the final two drives of the game.

For the season, he is completing 57.6 percent of his passes and has thrown for 1,038 yards, eight touchdowns and four interceptions. The 4-6 Razorbacks were 2-2 with him as a starter, winning games against Ole Miss and Coastal Carolina after Kelley led fourth-quarter comebacks.

Allen will make his second straight start after completing 13 of 23 passes for 140 yards against LSU. In his first action since the Oct. 7 loss at South Carolina, Allen missed throws on a few potential big plays down the field.

"He didn't play good enough for us to win," Enos said. "There are some things he missed. To me, as a quarterback, you're judged, it's pretty simple: you either win or we don't. So he's got to play better and we've got to play better around him."

Sophomore Ty Storey will be Allen's backup this week. Walk-on redshirt freshman Jack Lindsey will be the No. 3 quarterback.


TravisBickle says...

As Hillary Sodom Clinton once put it so succinctly, "What difference at this point does it make?"

Posted 13 November 2017, 1:10 p.m. Suggest removal

KingCoyote says...

It may make no difference this year but it should mean something to Cole Kelley and it may make a difference for his future. My guess is that he will get off with a few slaps on the wrist and some counseling or probation but I rather doubt he will be dropped from the team unless there have been problems we don't know about. He was supposed to be the " quarterback of the future" so he will probably get special treatment.

Posted 13 November 2017, 2:30 p.m. Suggest removal

gohogs17 says...

If Kelley is "the quarterback of the future" getting rid of Bielema won't matter. The Hogs HAVE to go for mobile QBs, who can both pass and run.

Posted 13 November 2017, 3:03 p.m. Suggest removal

Zepplin1 says...

dan enos is the one that should be suspended indefinitely. worst play-caller the Hogs have ever had. it's as if he closes his eyes & points at a play in the book

Posted 13 November 2017, 3:49 p.m. Suggest removal

hurricane46 says...

What the hell does Clinton have to do with this?, you sound like a broken record.

Posted 13 November 2017, 4:21 p.m. Suggest removal

Packman says...

Hey gohogs - Agree 100%. I hear the Story kid can do both, yet they give him no playing time. Perhaps he will get to play Saturday and we can all see for ourselves.

Posted 13 November 2017, 4:37 p.m. Suggest removal

gohogs17 says...

I'm betting that Ty Storey, TJ Hammonds and probably others will transfer after this year due to lack of playing time and the coaching situation.

Posted 13 November 2017, 5:44 p.m. Suggest removal

DerbiRider says...

I wonder when AD Long will have his similar pow wow with Coach Be-a-lima?

Posted 13 November 2017, 7:05 p.m. Suggest removal

Delta2 says...

Kind of like Brummett tweeted, if they want to punish Kelly they should make him play.

Posted 13 November 2017, 7:18 p.m. Suggest removal

LR1955 says...

Let's get the expert opinion of the ADEQ on this matter because I see the Hog Crap has polluted the minds of many Arkansans.

Posted 13 November 2017, 8:22 p.m. Suggest removal

HarleyOwner says...

After the Razorbacks get hammered this weekend, it may change.

Posted 13 November 2017, 9:45 p.m. Suggest removal

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