Florida announced Friday that running back Mark Thompson would not travel with the team to Jacksonville for this weekend’s game against Georgia.
Now we know why.
The Gators running back was cited for marijuana possession early Thursday morning, according to Alachua County court records.
Orlando-Sentinel’s Edgar Thompson was the first to report the news.
Thompson was stopped by University of Florida Police around 12:35 a.m. ET on Thursday after running a stop a stop sign, according to the Orlando-Sentinel.
The officer reportedly smelled the odor of marijuana in the car and after searching the vehicle found less than 20 grams of the substance.
According to the Orlando-Sentinel, Thompson was given a notice to appear for a misdemeanor violation and was also cited for failure to stop at a stop sign and failure to provide proof of insurance.
Thompson is Florida’s third-leading rusher this season, collecting 262 yards and two touchdowns on 57 rushes in 2016.
He has been splitting carries with sophomore running back Jordan Scarlett (375 rushing yards, 5 touchdowns) and freshman Lamical Perine (300 yards, 1 touchdown).
Georgia’s top two tacklers, Roquan Smith and Natrez Patrick, were both detained by police on Oct. 15 while Patrick’s room was searched. Police were called to Patrick’s dorm after a residence adviser reported a smell of marijuana coming from the room.
No marijuana was located, but police did confiscate items associated with marijuana use. Neither player was arrested and both will be available for Saturday’s game.