Florida State senior receiver Rod Owens, arrested early Sunday morning on a DUI charge, was suspended indefinitely from the team Monday until the "matter has been resolved," coach Bobby Bowden said in a statement. Owens, 22, has no other criminal record, according to Florida Department of Law Enforcement records.
The Seminoles also lost another receiver, Corey Surrency, whose waiver for an extra year of eligibility was denied. That is a blow for a team that dismissed star Preston Parker after a DUI arrest (his third arrest) this year and now has three other receivers, Bert Reed, Cameron Wade and Owens, facing misdemeanor charges. The school plans to appeal and that process could take three to five weeks.
The 6-5, 220-pound Surrency had played a year of flag football and then a season in an adult league in South Florida before going to junior college in California. After he came to FSU last summer, the NCAA initially said both experiences in Florida counted toward his eligibility but later said the flag football shouldn't count.
He had 12 catches for 237 yards (19.8 average) and four touchdowns.
Brian Landman, Times staff writer