UTEP QB Locksley reinstated after arrest

Field Level Media

August 03, 2019 at 5:18 pm.

Texas-El Paso lifted the suspension of quarterback Kai Locksley, eight weeks after his arrest on multiple charges that included allegedly making terroristic threats.

UTEP announced the senior’s reinstatement Friday, the first day of fall football practice.

Locksley was arrested June 8 by El Paso police and charged with driving while intoxicated, making a terroristic threat, marijuana possession and unlawful carrying of a weapon, according to jail records.

USA Today reported that he “allegedly threatened to empty a handgun on people.”

Miners coach Dana Dimel said Locksley is facing a “zero-tolerance policy” going forward.

“While we welcome Kai back to our football team, I want to make it very clear that he will have a list of expectations placed on him,” Dimel said in a statement. “We will keep these expectations in-house, but a zero-tolerance policy will be in effect. The rest is up to Kai, but we’re hopeful that he can come out of all this the best possible person and teammate.”

Athletic director Jim Senter said he believes the charges against Locksley will ultimately be reduced.

“While the legal process has not come to a complete conclusion, we believe that the final charges against Kai will not be as severe as what has been reported,” Senter said. “Young people make mistakes and it is important that they learn from these mistakes. We believe in restorative justice and feel that Kai will benefit more in the long run by getting the necessary support and guidance from his coaches and teammates, rather than being dismissed from the team.”

Locksley played in nine games last season for the Miners, starting eight. He completed 49.1 percent of his passes for 937 yards, three touchdowns and nine interceptions. He rushed for 340 yards and six scores.

Locksley, whose father Mike Locksley is the head coach at Maryland, transferred to UTEP from Iowa Western Community College prior to last season.