University of Texas football player Kent Perkins arrested for DWI

UT football player Kent Perkins arrested for DWI charge Sept. 23 before 5 a.m. (Courtesy: Austin police)
UT football player Kent Perkins arrested for DWI charge Sept. 23 before 5 a.m. (Courtesy: Austin police)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A University of Texas football player is in custody at the Travis County Jail on driving while intoxicated charges.

Kent Perkins, 21, was booked into jail at 4:54 a.m. Friday morning following his arrest at 18th Street and San Antonio, according to Austin police.

He is a fourth-year offensive lineman for the UT football team. Perkins has played a total of 31 career games. ESPN ranked Perkins number six on the national list of offensive tackles when he was a senior in high school, according to the UT website.

The football team is off this week, but there is a game next Saturday. UT will open Big 12 play at Oklahoma State. So far, there is no word on if Perkins will be allowed to play.

His bond has not been set.

Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong is known for being tough on his players when they break the rules, Strong released the following statement Friday morning.

Statement from Charlie Strong: 

“We are aware of the situation involving Kent Perkins and gathering facts at this time. We’re disappointed in his actions and take a strong stance against drinking and driving. When you get behind the wheel after drinking, you not only risk your life, but the lives of others, and that’s something you just can’t do. We will make sure that Kent learns from this and handle any punishment once we have more information,” said Strong.

Strong dismissed or suspended nine players in the first year he coached at the University of Texas.

The coach is famous for his core values which every UT player must follow. The rules are:

  1. Honesty
  2. Treat women with respect
  3. No drugs
  4. No stealing
  5. No guns

Speaking to the media in 2014, Strong said a violation of his core values was the quickest way for a player to prove he did not want to be a part of the team. Strong’s five core are posted throughout the Longhorns’ football facility.

In 2014, amidst the NFL’s domestic violence scandal, NFL commissioner Rodger Goodell traveled to Austin to meet with Coach Strong to learn more about he handles athlete behavior.

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