As the Mountaineers prepare for the season, coach Holgorsen will have to attend to a disciplinary issue as receiver Marcus Simms was arrested over the weekend. As first reported by the Dominion Post, Simms was pulled over by the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department early Sunday morning for a broken tail light. He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and driving with a revoked license.
When Mongold approached the vehicle, he smelled a strong odor of marijuana and noticed Simms’ eyes were “glassy and bloodshot.”
According to the criminal complaint, Simms was slurring his speech and allegedly admitted to the deputy sheriffs that his license was suspended following a previous DUI arrest. Simms failed sobriety test administered at the scene and he was arrested.
Simms was a 3-star member of the Mountaineer’s 2016 class. He had an immediate impact on both offense and special teams, and played in 9 games last season. He finished the season with six catches for 95 yards and a touchdown. He is expected to be a bigger part of the rotation this season, provided that his arrest doesn’t derail his season.
The Mountaineers have yet to officially address the incident, but it’s sure to come up during coach Holgorsen’s weekly press conference at the latest.