Demetrius: Off-field incidents an eye opener

"If it was the average person in South Bend that got put in the situation that my teammate and I were put in, you probably wouldn't have read about---you probably wouldn't have heard about it," Irish sophomore quarterback Demetrius Jones says.

"But it's the simple fact that we do play quarterback here and that's just something we have to live with."

In May, Jones was pulled over by police while driving another person's vehicle. An illegal drug was found in the ash tray. Jones was cleared of all charges when it was discovered neither the drugs nor the car were his.

The news made headlines.

In June, Jimmy Clausen was cited for unlawful transportation of alcohol due to being under 21. It's a law not even his coach knew existed and is the lowest level offense.

When word about the incident broke last week, the news once again made headlines.

"In both cases, i think it was something minor and not worthy of being published," Jones explains.

"But at the same time, we've both learned from the situations and of course, don't want to put ourselves in those positions again."

Jones and Clausen are battling junior Evan Sharpley for the starting quarterback job.

"It was just an eye opener that you are not exempt from anything."

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