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UCF's Laurence charged

Central Florida starting cornerback Omar Laurence, a former standout at Largo High, was arrested by university police Wednesday and charged with having a gun on campus and stealing another gun during an on-campus fight, police said.

Laurence, 21, played for Largo High in 2000 after transferring from Lakewood following his sophomore season.

Laurence was arrested for possession of an unloaded 9mm pistol on campus that he stole during a fight with another man who was not a UCF student, UCF police Sgt. Troy Williamson said. A loaded magazine for the pistol was found nearby.

A 7.62mm rifle with the serial number scratched off was later found in Laurence's car, police said. It was also not loaded.

Laurence, a sophomore, was charged with three felonies: possession of a firearm on school property, third degree grand theft with a firearm, possession of a firearm with the serial number removed. He is also charged with resisting an officer without violence, a misdemeanor.

"We have to figure out who that (rifle) belongs to, and there are other charges that are pending," Williamson said.

The school had no other comment, UCF spokesman Jason Baum told the Associated Press.

Laurence bonded out late Wednesday night after being held on $1,000 bond at Orange County Jail. The other man involved, 19-year-old Jose Laboy, was being held on $1,000 bond, reduced from $2,000 set earlier, on a charge of possession of a firearm on school property.

Jailers and police had no information on their legal representations.

Police responded to a call of two men fighting just before midnight at Sumter Hall, a campus residential building, Williamson said. Laboy told police that Laurence had stolen his pistol during the fight, and bth men were arrested, police said.

It was unclear why the fight started.

Coach Mike Kruczek suspended Laurence indefinitely pending the outcome of the criminal charges. Laurence had started all but one game this season for UCF (3-6) and was fifth on the team with 56 tackles.

Miami DT eyes first start

CORAL GABLES _ Kareem Brown rarely plays more than 20 snaps a game.

His workload could triple Saturday when sixth-ranked Miami hosts No. 18 Tennessee. Without starting defensive tackle Orien Harris and backup Santonio Thomas, Brown is expected to make his first start for the Hurricanes.

"I feel like it's a great opportunity," said Brown, a 6-5, 280-pound redshirt freshman from Miami.

"I'm sorry it had to happen the way it happened. But all things happen for a reason, so I'm just going to make the best of this opportunity."

Harris and Thomas sustained injuries against Virginia Tech. Harris sprained the medial collateral ligament in his right knee, and Thomas severely sprained his right ankle.

That leaves Brown, Vince Wilfork and fifth-year senior Larry Anderson as the team's lone defensive tackles. The 'Canes also plan to use defensive end Baraka Atkins inside. Atkins worked at the tackle position last season.

"I should be able to adjust to it pretty quickly," he said.

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