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MU football players arrested

May. 02, 2009 @ 02:49 PM

BARBOURSVILLE -- Marshall University football’s leading rusher from last season and a starting cornerback have been suspended following arrests by Cabell County authorities early Saturday morning.

Tailback Darius Marshall, 20, was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. He was incarcerated at 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning at the Western Regional Jail on $20,000 bond, according to booking records.  Defensive back DeQuan Starling, 20, also was held at the jail on a felony charge. Starling also goes by DeQuan Bembry, according to the Marshall athletics Web site, www.herdzone.com.

Marshall, as a sophomore, ran for 1,177 yards and scored five touchdowns in 2008. He also caught 16 passes for 98 yards and averaged 26.3 yards on 30 kickoff returns. Bembry ranked third on the team last season with 80 tackles, including 7.5 for loss, and intercepted a pass as a redshirt freshman.


Bembry was arrested March 6 and later released from Western Regional Jail on a misdemeanor charge of public intoxication.

Bembry was arrested by campus police in a dormitory lobby at approximately midnight. The sophomore defensive back's full name is DeQuan Markee Starling, but he prefers DeQuan Bembry.

“I am very disappointed in DeQuan and Darius’ decision-making,” Thundering Herd head coach Mark Snyder said. “DeQuan and Darius have been suspended from the team. Other action will be determined once the legal system has taken its course.”



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