Two UF players arrested
Brandon James, the Florida football team's kick returner last season, and Brandon Powell, a reserve guard on the Gators basketball team, were arrested by Gainesville police early Tuesday on suspicion of purchasing marijuana (a third-degree felony) and possession of not more than 20 grams of the drug (a first-degree misdemeanor).
“We are aware of the situation and understand the severity of its nature,’’ UF athletic director Jeremy Foley said in a statement. “This is not something we take lightly. Both coaches (Urban Meyer and Billy Donovan) have informed me that the players involved have been suspended indefinitely and we will continue to follow the procedures in addressing this.’’
James, 19, a running back from St. Augustine, led the team with 33 punt returns for 363 yards (11.0 average, fifth in the SEC and 26th nationally) and one touchdown (a 77-yarder) against Western Michigan. The freshman also returned 21 kickoffs for 383 yards (18.2 average).
Powell, 19, from Memphis, appeared in 23 basketball games, averaging just 1.6 points, as a freshman.
Both were being held at the Alachua County Jail.
-- Brian Landman, Times staff writer