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Just over 24 hours before the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party is set to kick off, the No. 14 Florida Gators announced that junior running back Mark Thompson will not be travelling to Jacksonville, Florida, in order to take on the Georgia Bulldogs.
Specifically, Florida announced that “Thompson will not be making the trip to Jacksonville due to some choices and decisions he’s made.” That certainly sounds like Thompson violated team rules.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Thompson was cited for misdemeanor possession of marijuana at 12:35 a.m. Thursday after being stopped by university police for running a stop sign on campus.
A junior college transfer who is currently the Gators’ third-leading rusher, Thompson has posted some of the most dynamic runs Florida has seen this season. He is second on the team in rushes (57) with 262 yards and two touchdowns on the season.
That means the Gators’ four-man running back committee will be shortened to three for the second straight week after sophomore Jordan Cronkrite did not see action against Missouri due to an injury.
Florida has run best behind sophomore Jordan Scarlett (67 carries, 375 yards, five touchdowns) and freshman Lamical Perine (48 carries, 300 yards, touchdown) this season, so a limited rotation may actually be a bit of a blessing in disguise for the Gators.