FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) _ An Arkansas football player accused of attempted rape pleaded guilty today to a reduced charge of public sexual misconduct.

DeAnthony Hall was sentenced to one year in the Washington County jail with six months suspended and was fined $1,000 under the plea agreement, Prosecutor Terry Jones said.

Jones said he decided to negotiate a plea because ``there was a clear case of public sexual indecency, and the attempted rape charge was pretty shaky after we re-interviewed and re-interviewed all of the witnesses.''

Before entering his plea, Hall said he was sorry he got involved in the incident at the University of Arkansas athletic dorm, Jones said. Hall apologized to Circuit Judge William Storey and to ``kids who may have looked up to him,'' the prosecutor said.

Hall will begin serving his sentence May 15, when the current semester ends.

Hall's accuser agreed to the negotiated plea, Jones said.

The Springdale woman contended that Hall forced her to touch him intimately and then tried to force her to perform oral sex during on Dec. 5 in Bud Walton Hall. The woman was 18 and Hall 19 at the time.

The woman had gone to the dorm with two friends who were dating football team members.

Women are prohibited from the dormitory, and a student employee manning the front desk was fired from his work-study job for allowing the women into the dorm.

Hall, a freshman from Tuscaloosa, Ala., and five other freshman football players were interviewed by campus police after the incident. The others were suspended from the team for a shprt period of time, but weren't charged.

Jones has said the six athletes questioned by campus police in the matter were Hall, Robert Reed, Norman Nero, Tyrone Henry, Melvin Bradley and Derrick Harrell.