NORMAN — Oklahoma junior defensive lineman Chuka Ndulue was arrested early Saturday morning on a complaint of driving under the influence, according to OU Police Lt. Bruce Chan.
Campus police pulled Ndulue over around 2:46 a.m. at the intersection of E. Lindsey Street and McKinley Avenue, Chan said.
Police detained Ndulue, who was then booked at the Cleveland County Detention Center. He was released around 9 a.m.
Ndulue appeared in all 13 of Oklahoma's games last season, recording a team-high five sacks. He's one of only four returning starters on the Sooners' defense, and the only defensive lineman back with any significant game experience.
“We are aware of the matter and the situation will be handled internally,” said an OU Athletics spokesperson.
This spring, OU coaches moved Ndulue inside to defensive tackle to deal with depth issues there.
Arrests such as these have typically resulted in one-game suspensions under coach Bob Stoops.
If Ndulue is unavailable for the Sooners' 2013 season opener — scheduled for Aug. 31 at home against Louisiana-Monroe — that would leave OU with just four returning defensive tackles.
Sophomore Jordan Phillips is the most experienced defensive tackle, having played in 11 games last season. Junior Torrea Peterson has played sparingly throughout his career, and redshirt freshman Jordan Wade has yet to appear in a collegiate game.
Junior Rashod Favors, a former defensive end, converted to defensive tackle this spring along with Ndulue.
OU added three freshmen defensive tackles in its 2013 signing class — Kerrick Huggins, Matthew Romar and Charles Walker — plus junior-college transfer Quincy Russell, whose academic status remains up in the air.
STAFF WRITER ADAM KEMP CONTRIBUTED TO THIS REPORT