Florida State Dismisses WR Parker

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Preston Parker's troubled football career at Florida State is over after his second arrest in less than a year.

Coach Bobby Bowden announced the junior receiver was dismissed
from the team Monday in a one-sentence statement released by the
school.

The 21-year-old Parker, from Delray Beach, was arrested and
charged with driving under the influence after Tallahassee police
found him asleep in his running car early Saturday.

The police report said Parker admitted he had been drinking and
smoking marijuana. It was the third time Parker has been arrested
since 2006.

Parker was suspended for the first two games of the 2008 season
after being arrested last April in Palm Beach County on weapons and
drug charges. One of the charges was a felony that was later
reduced as part of an agreement on a guilty plea by Parker. He was
sentenced to 50 hours of community service, a year's probation and
weekly drug testing.

Parker was also arrested in 2006 after police said he tried to
steal a DVD from Best Buy. The charge was dismissed after he
entered a diversionary program and paid $200 in court costs.

Parker's dismissal comes two days before national signing day,
when major college football programs such as Florida State unveil
their latest recruiting classes.

Florida State is also expecting to hear from the NCAA on
sanctions for an academic cheating scandal that resulted in the
suspension of more than five dozen athletes, including some
football players, at the school for some games.

Parker, who also played running back and returned kicks, caught
104 passes for 1,189 yards and five touchdowns in three seasons.

Parker's dismissal, combined with Greg Carr's departure after
four productive seasons at Florida State, means the Seminoles will
be relying heavily on underclassmen at wide receiver next season.

Taiwan Easterling and Bert Reed combined for 53 catches good for
617 yards and four touchdowns as freshman last season.

Parker was freed Sunday from the Leon County Jail on $500 bail.


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