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December 06, 2012

Former Gators DL Mann arrested two days before transferring from Florida

Two days before coach Will Muschamp announced Jafar Mann would transfer from Florida, the freshman defensive tackle was issued a written arrest/notice to appear in court on a misdemeanor charge for possession of fewer than 20 grams of marijuana, according to Gainesville Police and Alachua County Court records.

According to the notice, Gainesville Police officer Jordan Craven in the early morning hours of Saturday Nov. 3 reported smelling “a strong odor of burnt marijuana emanating from the inside” of a dorm room at Springs Complex later identified as Mann’s. In the report, Craven wrote that he received consent from Mann to search the dorm and noticed marijuana in “plain view” under Mann’s bed and that Mann admitted the marijuana belonged to him.

Florida played Missouri at noon on Nov. 3, but Mann did not see the field for the ninth straight game. On Nov. 5, in the opening statement of his weekly Monday morning press conference, Muschamp announced Mann was done at Florida.

“As far as some other roster management, Jafar Mann and I met last night (Nov. 4), and he decided to transfer,” Muschamp said. “He and I agreed that it’s time for him to move on.”

A team spokesman declined comment on the arrest.

Ranked a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, Mann (6-4, 305) came to Gainesville as a defensive tackle, but coaches moved him to offensive line midway through the season.

Mann agreed to a deferred prosecution agreement on Nov. 29 that states the charge will be dismissed if he pays a total of $250 in fines/donations and is not arrested again within the next six months.

Mann became the 11th player to be in trouble with the law and 14th total arrest or incident since Muschamp took over for Urban Meyer. Six of the 11 players are still with the team, four decided to transfer and one was officially dismissed.

Cornerback Janoris Jenkins (marijuana) was dismissed after a second arrest in Muschamp's first few months on the job, and defensive end Chris Martin (marijuana), tight end Dee Finley (driving with a suspended license, resisting arrest), tight end A.C. Leonard (simple battery) and Mann all transferred.

Safety Matt Elam (underage possession of alcohol twice), safety De’Ante Saunders (marijuana), cornerback Marcus Roberson (underage possession of alcohol), defensive lineman Leon Orr (marijuana, suspended license), defensive lineman Kedric Johnson (marijuana) and offensive lineman Trip Thurman (alcohol, possession of fake ID) remain on Florida’s roster.

Elam, Saunders, Roberson and Orr played prominent roles for the Gators this season. Johnson has been out all season with an injury. Thurman, a redshirt freshman, appeared in three games. 

Muschamp, Gators racking up postseason awards

After posting an 11-1 record and earning a No. 3 final ranking in the Bowl Championship Series Standings, Florida's players and coaches alike have been recognized for their accomplishments this season.

Coach Will Muschamp was named Wednesday the Southeastern Conference's Co-Coach of the Year, becoming the first Florida coach since Steve Spurrier in 1996 to win the award. Muschamp shared the honor with first-year Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin. Muschamp is also a finalist for the national Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award.

Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn finished in the top three for Broyles Award, which is given to the nation's top assistant coach. And special teams coordinator D.J. Durkin was named Wednesday the FootballScoop Special Teams Coordinator of the Year in a vote of his peers.

A number of Gators players have also been recognized. Below is a breakdown of every honor announced thus far.

ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE TEAM

FIRST TEAM
- Mike Gillislee, 5-11, 209, senior running back -- 1,104 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns.
- Jordan Reed, 6-3, 244, redshirt junior tight end -- 44 receptions, 552 yards, 3 touchdowns.
- Sharrif Floyd, 6-3, 303, junior defensive tackle -- 41 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 6 quarterback hurries, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 1 blocked kick.
- Matt Elam, 5-10, 202, junior safety -- 65 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 4 interceptions, 5 pass breakups and 1 forced fumble.
- Caleb Sturgis, 5-11, 184, senior place kicker -- 23 of 27 on field goals with a long of 51 and 3 of 3 from 50 yards or longer, 32 of 33 on extra points.
- Kyle Christy, 6-2, 199, sophomore punter -- 46.1 gross average, 43.6 net average per punt, 25 punts of 50 yards or longer and 26 punts downed inside the opponent's 20.
SECOND TEAM

- Marcus Roberson, 6-0, 178, sophomore cornerback -- 20 tackles, 1 sack, 2 interceptions, 12 pass breakups.

SEC COACHES ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM

- D.J. Humphries, 6-6, 275, offensive tackle -- started three games at left tackle in place of injured starter Xavier Nixon and appeared in 11 of Florida's games as a true freshman.
- Jonathan Bullard
, 6-3, 271, defensive end -- 26 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, led team with 7 quarterback hurries.

- Dante Fowler, 6-3, 277, defensive end -- 27 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks.
- Antonio Morrison, 6-1, 218, linebacker -- 31 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble.

CBSSports.com ALL-AMERICA TEAM

FIRST TEAM
- Matt Elam, safety.
SECOND TEAM

- Caleb Sturgis, kicker.
THIRD TEAM

- Kyle Christy, punter.

COACHES' ALL-SEC TEAM

FIRST TEAM
- Mike Gillislee, running back.

- Sharrif Floyd, defensive tackle.
- Matt Elam, safety.
- Caleb Sturgis, kicker.
- Kyle Christy, punter.
SECOND TEAM
- Jon Bostic, senior linebacker -- 62 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 2 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery.
- Jordan Reed, tight end.

SPORTING NEWS ALL-AMERICA TEAM

FIRST TEAM
-
Matt Elam, safety.

- Sharrif Floyd, defensive tackle.
- Caleb Sturgis, kicker.


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