ETTRICK, VA (WWBT) - Virginia State sophomore quarterback Tarian Ayres was arrested on Sunday and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, underage possession of alcohol and speeding.
Trojan head football coach Latrell Scott announced Monday that Ayres had been suspended for Saturday's CIAA Championship game, due to a violation of team rules.
In a university released statement, Scott said, "Our players understand our expectations and also the consequences for not abiding by these expectations, regardless of the importance of a game." The statement also said that Scott and the university will have no further comment on the suspension.
Ayres has been one of the best offensive players in the CIAA this season. The sophomore has started all ten games for the Trojans, throwing 14 touchdown passes and just three interceptions, while also rushing for an additional six scores. He ranks second in the league in passing yards with 182.7 yards per game.
Hermitage product Niko Johnson will start for VSU in Saturday's title game. Johnson has played sparingly in three games for the Trojans, only attempting three pass attempts.
Virginia State and Winston-Salem State kick off at 1:30pm in Durham on Saturday. This is a rematch of last year's scheduled title game, which was cancelled.