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UM kicker Jon Semerene booted from team following DUI arrest

UM kicker Jon Semerene kicks a soccer ball as he waits for teammates to arrive at the practice field, Wednesday Dec. 23, 2015 in El Paso, Texas.
UM kicker Jon Semerene kicks a soccer ball as he waits for teammates to arrive at the practice field, Wednesday Dec. 23, 2015 in El Paso, Texas. AP

University of Miami football player Jon Semerene was arrested in Coral Gables on Friday morning and charged with driving under the influence and driving under the influence/damage to property or person. The school announced late Friday that he has been dismissed from the team.

“After consulting with Director of Athletics Blake James, I have decided to dismiss Jon Semerene from our football team for conduct detrimental to the team and to others,” head coach Mark Richt said. “We expect all of our student-athletes to represent our university and The U family in a first-class and safe manner. While he is no longer part of our program, we will do all we can to help him as he moves forward in his life.”

Semerene, 20, is a walk-on kicker who played in all 13 games last season as the Hurricanes’ primary kickoff specialist. From Weston and a graduate of Cypress Bay High School, he will be a junior next year.

According to the police report, Semerene was arrested at 9:21 a.m. after he crashed into a car stopped at a red light.

The report stated that Semerene, 5-11 and 200 pounds, “appeared agitated and extremely talkative about the events of the crash’’ and had “difficulty standing and “stumbled and staggered’’ when walking away. “The defendant spoke out loud asking several times for a break. I could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage,’’ the officer wrote.

Semerene was asked to perform roadside exercises and “swayed noticeably.” During a heel-to-toe test, the report said Semerene “fell backwards when turning.’’

The report said Semerene refused to provide a breath sample and was transported to Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center. A TGK spokesman said early Friday evening that Semerene was in jail and his bond was set at $2,000.

Semerene is the third UM football player to be arrested since last week. Offensive linemen Trevor Darling and Jahair Jones were arrested together March 10 on a misdemeanor charge of “resisting officer without violence.’’ Their cases are still pending. Jones’ charge was dropped because of a technicality and the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office was determining if it would again file charges.

Semerene handled 64 kickoffs for UM in 2015, with 26 of them resulting in touchbacks. He averaged 62.6 yards per kick.

Spring football practice, closed to the public, continues Saturday morning.

David Furones contributed to this report.

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