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USF tight end Bleakley arrested on DUI charge



USF tight end Will Bleakley was arrested in Tampa early Tuesday morning on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence, just two days after he made his first collegiate start.

Bleakley, 22, refused to submit to a blood-alcohol test after he was stopped by Tampa Police officers at 3:30 a.m. at Bruce B. Downs and Amberly Drive, about two miles from USF's campus. He remained in county jail late Tuesday morning, held on $500 bond.

Bleakley, a senior from Crystal River, came to USF as a walk-on and earned a scholarship last fall. He has one career catch, last season against Penn State. Primarly a special-teams player before this season, he made his first college start Saturday as USF opened its season with a 41-10 victory against McNeese State.

It's unknown whether the arrest will keep Bleakley from playing in USF's game Saturday against Florida International. If convicted, his arrest would constitute a violation of USF's Student Code of Conduct, which states that "operating a motor vehicle by an individual of any age under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a violation of the Code of Conduct." A first violation of the Alcohol and Substance Abuse policies results in one year of probation, notification of parents and referral to an educational program.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 11:15am]


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