EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas says he was asleep in the car when a teammate was pulled over for driving 118 mph earlier this summer.
Thomas also denies he was smoking marijuana. A police dashboard camera video revealed that the officer who pulled over cornerback Cliff Harris thought he smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the car.
Harris was cited for speeding and driving on a suspended license following the traffic stop on June 12 on Interstate 5 near Albany, Ore. No other citations were issued.
Harris, who was driving a rented car he says was lent to him by a university employee, was suspended indefinitely after the incident by Oregon coach Chip Kelly. He will not play in Oregon's opener against LSU on Sept. 3 at Cowboys Stadium.
Harris has been allowed to practice with the team and his family paid the $1,620 in fines for the citation. The university compliance office was looking into whether NCAA rules were broken when the school employee allowed Harris to use the rental car.
It was not revealed until this week -- when the dashboard camera video was released -- that Thomas was in the car.
I woke up, the police (officer) was right at the window talking about it. That's all the facts I know, Thomas told reporters Thursday after practice.
Last summer, Thomas was a passenger when then-quarterback Jeremiah Masoli was stopped for a traffic infraction and marijuana was found in the car. Masoli, who had earlier pleaded guilty in connection to an unrelated burglary incident, was later dismissed from the team by Kelly.
Thomas was also a passenger in 2008 when linebacker Eddie Pleasant crashed while street racing in Springfield.
He was not cited in either of those incidents.
After the police video was released, Kelly defended his quarterback, saying: I'm not punishing someone for being a passenger.
As a first-year starter last season, Thomas threw for 2,881 yards and 30 touchdowns and ran for five more scores. He directed the speedy spread-option that helped Oregon reach the BCS championship game and finish 12-1.
Thomas' lone loss as a starter came in the title game against Auburn.