Meyer suspends Dunlap for SEC Championship

By Adam Silverstein
December 1, 2009

Florida Gators head coach Urban Meyer has decided to suspend junior defensive end Carlos Dunlap for the 2009 SEC Championship game after he was arrested Tuesday morning by Gainesville Police on charges of driving under the influence. Dunlap was found slumped over sleeping behind the wheel of his red Chrystler at a traffic light. Dunlap faces one second degree misdemeanor DUI charge and was released on his own recognizance without bond by Judge Mary Day Coker.

“Carlos obviously made a very poor decision,” Meyer said. “He’s not going to play, and I want to visit with him and his family first, and then go from there. Stunning is probably a good word [to describe how I felt when I found out]. Young guys make decisions all the time. This one’s a serious one.”

One of the Gators’ top defensive players, Dunlap was named the 2009 BCS National Championship game MVP and has been a powerful, athletic force on the defensive line in 2009. He is expected to leave school after this season and be the top Florida player taken in the 2010 NFL Draft.

“You think you’re in control and the next thing you know you’re in trouble,” Carlos Dunlap, Sr. said about his son’s arrest. “I am dumbfounded right now. He’s always been so anti-drug, anti-drinking. But it’s not what you do, it’s how you respond to what you do.”

Meyer said junior DE Justin Trattou will start in place of Dunlap while senior DE Jermaine Cunningham will stay on the field for more snaps than usual. Redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Jaye Howard will get playing time at end while redshirt junior DTs Lawrence Marsh and Terron Sanders hold down the inside of the line. “The good thing is we have a little bit of depth,” Meyer said.

5 Comments

  1. Mr2Bits says:

    Damn, I was hoping it was just going to be for warm-ups and the coin toss….wishful thinking I guess.

  2. gatormiami says:

    You sound like Bozo Kiffin Mr2shits

  3. He’s just joking. Though I agree that comments to that effect are getting tiring. Meyer’s punishment fit the “crime” in regard to Spikes. This is something more serious and there should have been no question that a proper punishment would have been dealt.

  4. Coach Steve says:

    We can’t afford to lose any more explosives. C’mon man!

  5. Rich says:

    I’m sorry to lose Dunlap but I have to be honest. How dedicated was he this week if he’s out drinking and driving at 3:30am or whatever? Doesn’t he have enough on his plate this week with school and SEC Champ? I’m not criticizing him, I made a lot of bad decisions when I was 20 but I also wasn’t about to become a millionaire and play for an SEC Champ. He’ll be fine, he’ll learn but if he’s not that dedicated this week to rest, study and play then I don’t want him on the field anyway.

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