Cole Kelley, a potential starter at quarterback next season for Arkansas, pleaded guilty to DWI. The arrest came in November, after his game vs. LSU.
Kelley split time with Austin Allen at quarterback last season. As a sophomore, he attempted passes in nine games for the Razorbacks.
Early in the morning of November 12, hours after a 33-10 loss to LSU, he was pulled over and tested for DWI. From WholeHogSports:
The 6-7 freshman was pulled over around 4 a.m. after his truck's passenger side tires went up on a curb near the corner of Wedington Drive and Steamboat Drive. He engaged in parts of a field sobriety test, did not consent to a portable breath test, and provided a urine sample at the time.
Former Arkansas coach Bret Bielema suspended Kelley for one game, though the loss to LSU wound up being his last action of the year. Allen was the guy through the final two games against Mississippi State and Mizzou, both losses.
Today, Cole Kelley pleaded guilty to DWI. He was given a 90-day sentence, with 89 days suspended, and one day served from the day of the arrest.
Arkansas quarterback Cole Kelley pled guilty to DWI in Fayetteville District Court on Wednesday and was sentenced by Judge William Storey to 90 days in jail, with 89 days suspended and credit given for one day served in the Washington County Detention Center.
Kelley, 20, was also ordered to compete an alcohol safety class and pay $720 in fines and court costs. The plea and sentencing stemmed from his arrest last Nov. 12 on suspicion of DWI, careless driving and violation of the implied consent law.
Kelley has some work to do, but will avoid further jail time. That is good news for Arkansas football.
He is the likely favorite to start for the Razorbacks this fall. This is what 247 wrote about the quarterback contest earlier this month.
Sophomore Cole Kelley is expected to lead going into spring practice for new Coach Chad Morris. Last year against Alabama he completed 23 of 42 passes for 200 yards and one touchdown, but the Tide was a 41-9 winner.
Kelley is expected to be challenged by junior Ty Storey, with redshirt freshman Dalton Hyatt also in the mix. Freshman Connor Noland won’t be in the spring mix.
Last year, Kelley completed 57.6-percent of his throws for 1,038 yards, eight touchdowns, and four interceptions. He also ran for 74 yards and two scores.