University of Arkansas’ freshman wide receiver Marquel Wade has been suspended for Saturday’s game against No. 9 South Carolina after delivering a ferocious hit during last week’s closer-than-expected match-up against Vanderbilt.
Wade was ejected from the Vanderbilt game after leveling Commodores punt returner Jonathan Krause with a brutal helmet-to-helmet hit (below). In addition to interfering with Krause’s ability to make a fair catch, the Southeastern Conference also determined that Wade led with the crown of his helmet in laying Krause out.
Oh … and we’re sure the league also looked unfavorably on Wade’s post-hit celebration …
Wade has since apologized for the hit – saying he thought Krause had the football. And Krause – albeit initially dazed – was able to return to the game.
“We have addressed the matter and will comply with the league’s decision,” Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino said in a statement.
Wade hasn’t been much of a factor in the Arkansas offense this year, catching only 8 passes for 62 yards on the season. He is the team’s primary kickoff returner, though, averaging 29.6 yards per return including an 85-yard touchdown against New Mexico earlier this year.
The Razorbacks (7-1, 3-1 SEC) narrowly escaped Nashville with a 31-28 win over unranked Vanderbilt (4-4, 1-4 SEC). They’re five-point favorites over the Gamecocks (7-1, 5-1) – who beat Tennessee in Knoxville last weekend in their first game without star running back Marcus Lattimore, who was lost for the season after injuring his knee against Mississippi State on Oct. 15.
Saturday’s game at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. EDT. ESPN will be televising the contest nationally.