USC reserve quarterback Tanner McEvoy was arrested in North Carolina and charged with speeding and driving after consuming while under age 21.
The Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office said the 19-year-old McEvoy was arrested and released Sunday on $250 bond for the two charges.
“He’ll have to pay the consequences,” coach Steve Spurrier said during an interview with SportsTalk Radio Network on 560-AM. “That could probably happen to 50 percent of every college football player in the country that they have had one beer and driven. Don’t recommend having too many obviously.”
McEvoy is immediately suspended from the team as a matter of athletic department policy. His finale punishment will be decided by new athletics director Ray Tanner, Spurrier told SportsTalk.
“It’ll be Tanner vs. Tanner in the meeting,” Spurrier said. “When the Tanners get through talking, we’ll figure out what the punishment is.”
North Carolina law bans drivers under 21 from operating a motor vehicle if they have any alcohol in their bloodstream. The charge is classified as a misdemeanor.
“I learned that today. I didn’t know that,” Spurrier said. “Tanner got a speeding ticket, and the guy said, ‘Have you had a beer?’ And he said yes sir, I had one, maybe two. He was not over the limit. It was not a DUI. Tanner was guilty of speeding and he was guilty of that, too. He had a beer up there around Charlotte somewhere.”
McEvoy did not play last season, sitting out the year as a redshirt. He is expected to compete for a backup role behind starter Connor Shaw. The Gamecocks open fall practice Friday.