FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas coach Bret Bielema has suspendedquarterback Cole Kelley has been suspended for his early Sunday morning arrest for suspicion of driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.
Kelley has a court date set for Wednesday. He definitely won’t play this week against Mississippi State.
Kelley came off the bench in the LSU game after starting the previous four contests. Austin Allen returned this past week and got the start against LSU.
."Obviously, there’s court proceedings going on so I won’t comment about the specifics, other than he’s very disappointed," Bielema said. "We were disappointed. It’s a learning lesson that I hope he takes full advantage of, as well as our team."
Bielema noted that Kelley, who is a redshirt freshman, has certain things expected of him as a quarterback for the Razorbacks.
"The part I think he has to understand is not only to be an Arkansas Razorback but to be a quarterback and start games here is a very, very big deal," Bielema said. "Social media and everything else around it. He’s going to be held to a higher standard. The blessing that you give can also be your biggest burden. 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 able to attend the meetings on Sunday though that will be the extent of him being involved in football this week.
"It was all just coming so fast," Bielemasaid. "We started our meetings and I wanted to keep him -—I kind of wanted him to face everybody to be quite honest. It would have been easy to throw him out of the building yesterday, but I wanted him to have to be around, have to answer questions. From this point, we made this decision after talking … I didn’t get a chance to talk to his mom until early this morning. So he won’t be involved in anything here in the building this week."
With Kelley out that elevates sophomore Ty Storey to the backup spot behind Allen. Bielema talked about Storey and his expectations for him.
"He got a lot of reps last week," Bielema said. "Cole, like I said, got limited reps on Wednesday so Ty got all the reps on Tuesday, half the reps on Wednesday and then took all the reps with the twos on Thursday. Had a package for him that if Cole wasn’t able to go, he was going to take over that look. Ty has a lot of talent. He’s an engaged football player. Probably no better with a football IQ or understanding of our offense."