Tennessee backup QB suspended after DUI arrest

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee quarterback Jim Bob Cooter was
suspended indefinitely Monday after campus police arrested him on a
drunken-driving charge.

Coach Philip Fulmer cited a violation of team rules. He said
Cooter will miss the season opener Sept. 2 against California and
undergo an alcohol evaluation before he can return.

"Jim Bob has let the team down and embarrassed himself and his
family by his actions," Fulmer said. "He has benefited greatly by
being part of the Tennessee family, and with that comes great
responsibility for his actions."

Cooter was arrested Saturday after campus officers noticed a
sports utility vehicle crossing the center line and driving on the
wrong side of the street, according to a campus police report.
Cooter failed three field sobriety tests.

The quarterback was charged with first offense driving under the
influence, the report said. A female passenger was charged with
underage consumption of alcohol.

"He did not behave in a responsible manner, and he understands
very clearly that even though this is his first offense, there will
be consequences," Fulmer said.

Cooter earned his bachelor's degree in May but is to play as a
graduate student this fall. He did not attempt a pass in 2005 and
made late appearances in one game each in 2003 and 2004 after
redshirting in 2002.