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The arrest Sunday of a Buffs linebacker, who was found bleeding and passed out in the hallway of a residence hall, makes for the fifth University of Colorado football player to have had run-ins with the law this year.
Jake Duren, a junior who played with CU in the Independence Bowl last fall, was arrested around 3:30 a.m. at Smiley Court family housing at 1300 30th St. after a blood trail linked him to the smashed-in window of a vehicle in the parking lot.
The 5-foot-11-inch, 230-pound inside linebacker, who police said had a bloodied hand and smelled of alcohol, was taken to Boulder Community Hospital for treatment and jailed on suspicion of first-degree criminal trespass.He was released on a personal recognizance bond.
Cmdr. Brad Wiesley, with CU police, said it appeared that items inside the vehicle had been rummaged through. He said Duren did not live at Smiley Court and police weren't certain what he was doing there at that hour.
It took Coach Dan Hawkins less than four hours after the arrest to throw Duren off the team.
CU sports information director Dave Plati said he received an early-morning text message from the coach saying the 21-year-old graduate of Littleton's Mullen High School would no longer be playing for the Buffs.
Duren, a transfer from the University of Northern Colorado, sat out the 2006 season due to NCAA transfer rules. He played in 12 games last season, making 13 tackles in 82 plays.
"He was not a happy guy," Plati said of the coach Sunday.
Duren's arrest follows a raft of problems other CU football players have run into since January.
In March, tight end Riar Geer was arrested on suspicion of assaulting two men.
The day before Geer's arrest, linebacker Lynn Katoa turned himself in on suspicion that he assaulted a student at a party in February.
Both players were suspended.
In January, linebacker Nate Vaiomounga was charged with criminal mischief on suspicion that he broke a window in a residence hall. On the same night, fullback Kai Maiava was ticketed with underage possession and consumption of alcohol.
Vaiomounga also was charged with underage possession and consumption of alcohol in February.
Plati said Vaiomounga and Maiava were disciplined and are practicing with the team.
He said Duren was cut from the team because he had previously violated team rules, though he wouldn't elaborate.
Duren was forced to sit out a recent scrimmage game because of his past conduct, Plati said.
"Coach Hawkins has said one thing wrong is a mistake, but twice is a behavior," he said.
Hawkins released a statement Sunday about the dismissal, saying it was critical for Buffs players to represent the school in a positive light.
"We understand young people have many difficult obstacles to deal with, and we are committed to mentoring the young men in our program to become successful people," he said. "With that mentoring comes the understanding that there are high standards that must be met in order to be a part of our program."
Plati said Hawkins told his players in a huddle after a scrimmage game Saturday to "be smart" this weekend.
"Jake will serve as an example to all that they are in a fishbowl and are held to a higher standard," Plati said. "I'd be surprised if this kind of thing happens again."
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