According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Web site, Tight end Will Bleakley was arrested for DUI on Tuesday morning. The senior from Crystal River was pulled over at 3:30 a.m. on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard near Tampa Palms. Bleakley, 22, refused to submit a blood-alcohol test and remained in county jail until 2:47 p.m. Tuesday.
Bleakley, who has been with the team since 2002 when he redshirted, has just one career catch for 13 yards, which came in last season’s game at Penn State. However, Bleakley made his first career start in Saturday’s season opener.
Following Tuesday’s practice, coach Jim Leavitt said he was disappointed with Bleakley’s judgment and said he will receive punishment.
“We have some issues that I have with him with that, so I’m not going to tell you whether he is or is not (going to play this week),” Leavitt said. “I can assure you he isn’t going to start in this game, and I can assure you that I’m very disappointed. And I’m hot.”
Leavitt added Bleakley will have to work his way out of the doghouse.
“He’s got a lot of work to do to get my good graces,” Leavitt said.
Not all Smiley: Leavitt said linebacker Josh Smiley, who was also going to play some on defensive line, will probably take a medical redshirt due to the injury to his foot. Mr. Popular: In 2005, when quarterback Matt Grothe was recruited, he came in with another quarterback who quickly overshadowed the redshirt freshman. But now that Carlton Hill has transferred to Pearl River Community College and after a three touchdown performance, Grothe is adjusting to his new-found popularity.
“I don’t know if you guys know what Facebook is,” Grothe said, “but when I got up to get some lunch (Sunday) and when I got on Facebook, I had like twenty-something new friend requests.”