UNA wide receiver kicked off football team after theft, drug charges

UNA football player Marcus McQuarley was arrested April 2 on theft and drug charges, according to reports from Florence Police.

Florence police Chief Rick Singleton said that McQuarley, who was a junior wide receiver for the Lions last year, has been charged with felony counts of unlawful breaking and entering of a motor vehicle and second-degree theft of property, as well as misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

McQuarley is accused of allegedly breaking into a car and stealing a backpack containing school books and $600 in cash on March 26 at the Lil Steve’s convenience store on Cox Creek Parkway, according to Singleton.

The incident was reported on March 26. McQuarley was arrested Monday at his apartment on Circular Road the day the warrant for his arrest was issued. Singleton said that McQuarley allegedly had marijuana and drug paraphernalia in his possession at the time of arrest.

Mark Linder, director of athletics at UNA, said his department learned of the arrest on Monday. McQuarley was subsequently let go from the UNA football team, he said.

“Marcus violated the rules and is no longer part of our team,” Linder said.

McQuarley would have been a returning senior for the Lions this year.