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
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.