Less than 24 hours after the University of Idaho’s football team was given a one-year post-season ban for low APR scores, the program was dealt a second blow as one of their star players was arrested for allegedly driving drunk early Sunday morning.
Dezmon Epps, Idaho’s top wide receiver during the 2013 season, was arrested early Sunday morning after an officer with the Pullman police department reportedly pulled Epps over for driving the wrong way on a one-way street near Stubblefields bar and grill in Pullman, WA. A field sobriety test was given by the officer at the time, which Epps failed, leading to his arrest for misdemeanor DUI.
The 21 year old Epps was booked into the Whitman County Jail after he declined to post the $500 bond.
Originally a junior college transfer, Epps totaled 980 yards and four touchdowns on 79 catches in his first season with the Vandals. His performance during the 2013 season was the fourth-best by a Vandal since 2000 and was good enough to get him named to the Biletnikoff Watch List.
Following the news of the incident, Idaho’s head football coach Paul Petrino released a statement voicing his disappointment about the situation:
“I am aware of the situation involving Dezmon Epps and I am disappointed in his actions. I will review the matter and it will be handled swiftly and decisively. Our student-athletes will understand that there will be discipline in our program. They will learn the responsibility they have in representing themselves, the football program, and the University of Idaho in the right manner. We will hold our student-athlete’s accountable for their actions at all times as character and integrity will always be a priority in our program. We will learn just as many life lessons through our failures as we will through our successes.”
There is no word at this time what actions will be taken by Coach Petrino or the athletic department.
Due to Idaho’s post-season ban for low APR scores, Epps, along with the other seniors on the team, do have the option to transfer to another school and play immediately if they choose, but Coach Petrino expects them all to return.