Dunlap's arrest inexplicable

December, 1, 2009
12/01/09
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It's refreshing to see that Florida star defensive end Carlos Dunlap has been eating his vegetables and getting plenty of rest the week of one of the biggest games the Gators will ever play.

In his defense, according to the police report, he was at least sleeping in his car at 3:25 in the morning when police found him.

At this point, Dunlap is only charged with drunken driving. Perhaps there's an explanation. But in reading the Gainesville Police Department's account of Dunlap's arrest, it's difficult to imagine what that explanation might be.

Better yet, what's his explanation to Florida coach Urban Meyer going to be? What's his explanation to his teammates going to be?

Keep in mind this is not some second-string tight end we're talking about. This is Carlos Dunlap, the highest rated NFL prospect on the Gators' team, one of their top pass-rushers and the defensive MVP of last season's BCS National Championship Game.

Regardless of what happens with the legal process in this case, it's fair to question whether Dunlap genuinely gives one hoot about this football program, about his teammates, about their quest to become one of the great dynasties in college football history.

How do you even put yourself in that position four days before such an epic showdown with Alabama?

Florida officials are obviously aware of Dunlap's arrest and are gathering more information. Meyer isn't expected to comment until later Tuesday afternoon when the Gators practice.

Meyer talked on Sunday night about what a tough season this has been as far as dealing with all the gaudy expectations. But every step along the way, he talked glowingly about this team's chemistry, its leadership and its professionalism.

With his actions in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, Dunlap made sure there was a tinge of selfishness mixed in there, too.

Now it's up to Meyer to decide if that selfishness will cost the Gators one of their best players come Saturday in the Georgia Dome.

Chris Low | email

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