Florida Gators freshman cornerback De’Ante “Pop” Saunders, an early enrollee who joined the team in January, was cited for misdemeanor possession of marijuana back in May, according to a report from the Palm Beach Post.
Saunders, a four-star recruit coming out of high school, reportedly agreed to deferred prosecution, which likely included a small fine and community service. The charge will be cleared from his record once terms of his agreement are reached.
The Post spoke to Saunders’s attorney Huntley Johnson, who believes there will be no further problems with the player going forward. “He’s quit smoking marijuana,” Johnson said. “I’m satisfied that’s not going to be an issue again.”
The fourth player since January to be cited for possession of marijuana, Saunders has likely already served out an internal punishment from head coach Will Muschamp.
Florida redshirt sophomore defensive end Kendric Johnson served his punishment and remains on the team headed into the 2011 season. However, senior CB Janoris Jenkins was dismissed after his third pot arrest, and redshirt freshman linebacker Chris Martin ended up transferring but did not say it was specifically for that reason.