SEC QB, potential starter for 2022, arrested Thursday, per report
The college football season hasn’t started and the Auburn Tigers may be down a player already. Presumptive starting quarterback TJ Finley was reportedly arrested and is in a Lee County jail for attempting to elude police.
His arrest comes days after he became the first college football player to sign a NIL deal with Amazon to sell his own product line.
AUBURN QB ARRESTED: Auburn coach Bryan Harsin set to speak this afternoon, hours after the arrest of QB T.J. Finleyhttps://t.co/eejENB8v9w
— Jonathan Hardison (@FOX6Hardison) August 4, 2022
The reported charge of eluding the police, although a misdemeanor, is not a good look for the quarterback and could potentially have an impact on his new deal.
Auburn University says they know about the arrest and plan to release a statement later.
Finley, who transferred from LSU to Auburn last year, started for the Tigers in the latter half of the season when quarterback Bo Nix, now with Oregon injured his ankle last season.
Finley threw for only 827 yards and 6 touchdowns last season for the Tigers who struggled a lot on offense. Now with his arrest, one has to wonder what will Tigers head coach Brian Harsin do?
Harsin is under the gun himself this offseason and the announcement of last year’s starting quarterback certainly doesn’t help his situation. Harsin also has a reputation of being a hard-nosed coach, so the arrest could potentially impact Finley’s playing time.