Florida’s string of marijuana-related arrests did not end with the dismissal of star cornerback Janoris Jenkins in April. Freshman De’Ante Saunders, who enrolled in January to participate in spring practices, was arrested in May on a misdemeanor charge of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. He was served May 25 with a notice to appear in court, according to Alachua County records.
Records indicated that Saunders agreed to deferred prosecution. In a text message to The Palm Beach Post, UF spokesman Steve McClain wrote Thursday night that coach Will Muschamp “was aware of (the incident) when it happened and the matter has been handled.” Saunders was represented by Gainesville attorney Huntley Johnson, who handles almost all arrests of Gators football players. Johnson did not recall the specifics of the agreement, but said he fully expected Saunders to fulfill the terms of it and added that he is undergoing counseling.
“He’s quit smoking marijuana,” Johnson said. “I’m satisfied that’s not going to be an issue again.” Saunders, 18, is a cornerback from DeLand High School. He is expected to compete for playing time as a reserve when Florida opens training camp Saturday. Jenkins was arrested for the same misdemeanor in January and April before Muschamp kicked him off the team. Freshman Chris Martin, who has since transferred, and sophomore Kedric Johnson also were arrested on that charge in separate incidents in January.
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