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Texas starting right guard Kent Perkins arrested for DWI

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Obviously, this isn’t something Texas needed during this bye week.

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Kent Perkins, who had been starting at right guard for the Texas Longhorns this season, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated early Friday morning.

According to Travis County Jail records, he was booked into jail at 4:54 am.

The 6’5, 325-pound 5th-year senior from Lake Highlands had started a total of 25 games, including two of three this season, as a Longhorn and had recently been emerging as a vocal leader for the ‘Horns.

The news was first reported by Jason Suchomel of Orangebloods.com.

Head coach Charlie Strong confirmed the news on Friday morning by releasing a statement.

“We are aware of the situation involving Kent Perkins and gathering facts at this time. We’re disappointed in his actions and take a strong stance against drinking and driving. When you get behind the wheel after drinking, you not only risk your life, but the lives of others, and that’s just something that you can’t do. We will make sure that Kent learns from this and handle any punishment once we have more information.”

Earlier this season, 6’4, 320-pound sophomore Alex Anderson started in place for Perkins verse UTEP when the senior missed the game due to injury.

If Perkins is forced to sit out due to suspension, it’s likely Anderson could move into the starting role at right guard.

Texas is off this week on a bye as it prepares to travel to Stillwater, Oklahoma to take on Oklahoma State Saturday, October 1st at 11 a.m. CT.

No other details of Perkins’ arrest are available at this time.