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University of South Carolina redshirt freshman quarterback Tanner McEvoy was arrested and charged with speeding and “driving after consuming” alcohol this weekend in North Carolina.  The fourth-stringer was busted by cops in Mecklenberg County, N.C. just days before the Gamecocks begin their 2012 practice schedule.

Per the school’s policy, McEvoy is suspended from all football-related activities pending the resolution of the charges against him.

McEvoy, 19, attended Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell, New Jersey – where he threw for 2,264 yards and 32 touchdowns and ran for another 1,200 yards and fourteen scores as a senior in 2010.  The 6-foot-6, 210-pounder – who was recruiting by quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus – sat out the 2011 season at USC but is expected to compete for limited playing time behind starter Connor Shaw this fall.

USC recorded its first-ever 11-win season and Top Ten finish in 2011 – with Shaw posting a 7-1 record as a starter down the stretch. The Gamecocks open their 2012 season on August 30 on the road in Nashville, Tennessee against the Vanderbilt Commodores.