By Gentry Estes
KNOXVILLE —; Tennessee backup quarterback Jim Bob Cooter will miss at least the 2006 season opener after being arrested early Saturday morning and charged with driving under the influence.
The arrest was made by the UT police department.
Head coach Phillip Fulmer said today that Cooter’s “indefinite suspension” will include the Sept. 2 home opener against California.
“He also will undergo an extensive alcohol evaluation in addition to a number of internal requirements to return to the team,” said Fulmer in a statement.
Cooter, a senior walk-on from Fayetteville, Tenn., planned to stay with the Volunteers this season as a graduate student after receiving an undergraduate diploma this year. He exited spring as the fourth quarterback on the depth chart behind Erik Ainge, Jonathan Crompton and Bo Hardegree.
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