Texas starting OL Kent Perkins suspended 1 game after DWI arrest

Texas starting offensive lineman Kent Perkins will serve a one-game suspension following his arrest last week on a charge of driving while intoxicated, Longhorns football coach Charlie Strong announced Monday.

Perkins will not play against Oklahoma State on Saturday and will also undergo counseling and perform community service. He also faces further internal discipline.

Perkins met with reporters on Monday and apologized for his actions.

"I made a mistake, and I really apologize for that," Perkins said. "That's not me. That's not my character. That's not what I'm about. I'm just ready to gain the trust back from those people, and I know I disappointed a lot of people, and the biggest thing right now is I just want to move forward, forget about this mistake. I'm a leader on this team.

"I need to act like that on and off the field. I'm just ready to put all this behind me and start moving forward."

The Longhorns senior starter at right guard was arrested during Texas' bye week early Friday morning following a single-vehicle collision near campus.

According to the probable-cause affidavit, Perkins was found asleep in his car in the drive-thru line of a Raising Cane's restaurant shortly before 3 a.m. When a constable told him to move his car, Perkins drove off and wrecked his car in a nearby parking lot.

The 6-foot-5, 320-pound lineman took a preliminary breath test at the scene of the crash and had a blood-alcohol content of 0.178, more than twice the legal limit.