Across the nation college football players are checking and into dorms taking to baking hot artificial turf to start their football seasons with full-eyed optimism and excitement. Others are sitting in a cold jail cell.
Per a report from Sean Isabella of The News Star, Lousiana Tech starting quarterback Ryan Higgins was arrested by the Ruston Police Department at 3:19 am near Louisiana Tech's campus. Higgins was driving 12 miles over the speed limit and failed a field sobriety test. His blood alcohol content was measured at .119, far over the legal limit of .08.
Lousiana Tech head coach Skip Holtz released a statement shortly after Higgins' arrest was made public.
Statement from Skip Holtz on arrest of Ryan Higgins pic.twitter.com/plmXUkuOCv— Sean Isabella (@ST_IsabellaTNS) August 5, 2016
The Bulldogs report to campus on Sunday with practice set to begin on Monday. While Higgins' punishment is unknown at this time, missing any playing time could be a huge hurt to Louisiana Tech's offense this year. Higgins has cemented himself as the starter in his senior season and Holtz does not have a clear back up in line behind him.
While redshirt sophomore Price Wilson finished spring camp as QB2, he should face competition from talented redshirt freshman J'mar Smith for starting snaps if Higgins is to miss any playing time.
Louisiana Tech starts their season on September 3rd at Arkansas.