Auburn freshman quarterback Zeke Pike was arrested for public intoxication in Lee County Saturday night and later released on a $300 bond, according to multiple reports.
The 19-year-old Pike enrolled at Auburn in January and went through spring practice, but left behind sophomore Kiehl Frazier and redshirt junior Clint Moseley. He likely wasn't going to beat out either Frazier or Moseley this fall, but his chances certainly didn't improve after this.
Pike is still very young, but he's generating too much negative publicity this early in his career. The former three-star quarterback prospect out of Dixie Heights High School in Edgewood, Ky., was suspended for the season opener (ejection from a previous game) and season finale (undisclosed reasons) during his senior year and had all those Twitter run-ins with Alabama fans before he senior year even began.
He hasn't exactly flown under the radar away from the field, and that's usually not a good thing.
Pike has been adamant about righting his wrongs and make more mature decisions in his life. He said as much earlier this year during the week of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January. While he kept out of trouble during the spring he has now taken a step back.
He'll no doubt receive some sort of punishment from coach Gene Chizik and will probably have some not-so-friendly sessions with the Tigers' strength staff. Some early mornings filled with extra gassers might be in Pike's future.
As I stated before, Pike is still young and he's barely been at Auburn, but he was kind of thrown into the fire with his decision to enroll in school early. Instead of heading to prom, he hit the practice field. That can be tough for any player, especially a quarterback who received the attention he did as a high schooler. But Pike still isn't exactly starting his Auburn career off the right way. He has a lot of growing to do and it will take time, but the hope is that this serves as a learning experience for the youngster.