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Sophomore Marcus Simms, projected to be one of West Virginia’s top receivers this season, was arrested Sunday morning in Morgantown and charged with DUI. That reportedly is the player’s second offense, following a May arrest in Maryland.


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia receiver Marcus Simms was charged with DUI early Sunday morning and found to be driving with a revoked license stemming from a May DUI in his home state of Maryland.

Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen, said to be sorting through details, had not released a statement as of Sunday night.

The Dominion Post newspaper first reported Simms’ latest arrest, which occurred during move-in weekend at WVU. Classes begin Wednesday.

After making only six catches for 95 yards and one touchdown as a true freshman, Simms exited Friday’s scrimmage in line to start at outside receiver this season. During preseason camp he repeatedly has been singled out by Holgorsen and receivers coach Tyron Carrier as West Virginia’s top deep threat.

The arrest report showed Simms, 19, was pulled over by a Monongalia County sheriffs’ deputy who smelled marijuana inside the vehicle. The player’s speech was slurred, his eyes were “bloodshot” and he reportedly failed sobriety tests after admitting he had smoked marijuana.

Whatever discipline Simms faces, combined with the absence of junior Jovon Durante, threatens to put a dent in the Mountaineers’ passing attack as they prepare for the Sept. 3 opener against Virginia Tech.

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