If you're a frequent reader of the blog, you know how much potential I see in Texas Tech receiver Darrin Moore.
Last year, some of that potential was held back by injuries after Moore hauled in 21 catches for 339 yards and four touchdowns in the first two games of 2011.
Now, he's driven himself into a new hurdle.
Texas Tech has suspended wide receiver Darrin Moore from the football team after his April arrest on a drunken-driving charge.
Athletic department spokesman Blayne Beal confirmed to The Associated Press on Tuesday reports of Moore's suspension.
The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports police reports show Moore was arrested April 13 after a Lubbock police officer observed him driving erratically. He remains free on $1,000 bond.
Beal told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal that his reinstatement to the team isn't guaranteed, regardless of the legal outcome of his case. That's no surprise, especially considering the other legal trouble that plagued the Red Raiders this spring.
It's hard to see Moore not being reinstated at some point for his first run-in with the law, even though it's a serious charge. That said, coach Tommy Tuberville will make him earn his way back on the team with a little extra work, whether it's in the bleachers at AT&T Jones Stadium, in the community, or elsewhere.
You'd think after having such a great start to last season, Moore would be doing anything possible to get back on the field and do what he did last season for 12 games, instead of two.
Tuberville and the Red Raiders will be fine if Moore isn't eventually reinstated. Eric Ward, last year's leading receiver, returns. So does senior receiver Alex Torres, who's been productive in each of the past three seasons before tearing his ACL late in 2011.
That said, Moore's got the potential to give Tech's offense an argument as the Big 12's best. Here's hoping this is the last time Moore's name crosses the police blotter.
103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS
Play Podcast Part 2 of the articles on OSU's involvment in academic fraud was released. Some claim the expose is unfounded. Ian and Richard warn that there are two sides to all stories.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss Mack Brown, Manny Diaz and all the latest with the Texas Longhorns.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett give you the latest on the Johnny Manziel story and Charles Barkley weighs in. You won't believe who the outspoken NBA Hall of Famer is disappointed in and what he thinks about the autograph allegations.
Play Podcast Kirk Herbstreit joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett for his weekly visit to preview the 2013 college football season.
Play Podcast Former TCU and current Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the expectations for the Bengals this season, give a prediction for the TCU-LSU game and talk about what it's like having the Hard Knocks cameras follow him.
Play Podcast Randy Galloway, Matt Mosley, and Mark Friedman react to Dez Bryant's comments regarding the NCAA's ongoing investigation of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.
Play Podcast Richard Durrett, Ian Fitzsimmons and Glenn "Stretch" Smith react to Dez Bryant sounding off yesterday after practice about Johnny Manziel and the shadiness of the NCAA.
Play Podcast Former NCAA investigator and Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to weigh in on the Johnny Manziel drama and give some insight as to what goes on during an NCAA investigation.