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Florida Gators' Mark Thompson suspended after marijuana citation




UPDATE, 4:30: Florida Gators running back Mark Thompson was cited for marijuana possession (less than 20 grams), according to Alachua County court records. 

Thompson was pulled over early Thursday morning for failing to stop at a stop sign, and a University of Florida Police Department officer smelled marijuana during the stop, according to an incident report. Thompson admitted that marijuana found in the car was his, according to the report. 

Arraignment in the case is scheduled for Nov. 17. 

The original story on his suspension for Saturday's Florida-Georgia game is below: 

The Florida Gators will be without running back Mark Thompson against Georgia on Saturday "due to some choices and decisions he's made," the program announced Friday morning. That's typical Jim McElwain language for "suspended."

Thompson, a juco transfer, is UF's third-leading rusher with 252 yards on 57 carries. His two rushing touchdowns trail only Jordan Scarlett, and Thompson has started three games this season. Thompson is listed at 6-foot-2, 228 pounds and is Gators' biggest back.

His absence is especially key given the nature of the Florida-Georgia series. The team with the most rushing yards has won the game 10 years in a row. Expect Lamical Perine and Jordan Scarlett to get even more carries Saturday. 

[Last modified: Friday, October 28, 2016 4:41pm]


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