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Monday, December 23, 2013
Aggies linebacker Claiborne arrested

By Edward Aschoff



Texas A&M freshman linebacker Darian Claiborne was suspended by the team after he was arrested on two drug possession counts Sunday.

According to the Brazos County Jail website, Claiborne, who was an essential part of the Aggies' defense this season, was arrested on charges of possession of a dangerous drug and possession of less than two ounces of marijuana. He was arrested Sunday at about 3 p.m. and released less than two hours later after posting $6,000 bond.

Claiborne, who is tied for the team lead in tackles (89), will be suspended for the Chick-fil-A Bowl against Duke. That's a big blow to a defense that can't afford to have any missing bodies after the season it had.

The Aggies enter the bowl season ranking last in the SEC in total defense (460.3 yards allowed per game) and 13th in scoring defense (30.9). Claiborne was a pleasant surprise for the Aggies this season during his first year in College Station. He led A&M with seven tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. He also collected 1.5 sacks and an interception. He registered eight or more tackles in seven games this season.