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Thursday, February 7, 2013
Gators' Purifoy facing marijuana charge

By Edward Aschoff

Florida junior cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy found himself in some trouble over the weekend after he was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Here's a little from our newser:
"According to a Gainesville Police Department report, Purifoy was a passenger in a car that was stopped for a violation of the right of way at 12:05 a.m. ET Sunday. The officer's report noted that one passenger threw a marijuana cigarette out of the window and that he observed marijuana residue in the car.

The officer also saw a bag containing 2.5 grams of marijuana by the cars emergency brake.

Purifoy was given a notice to appear, which under Florida law is equivalent to an arrest, and has a Feb. 21 court date in Alachua County."

This makes the 13th Florida player to be arrested or cited since January of 2011. Purifoy is also seventh player to be arrested for marijuana in the past 25 months.

Will Muschamp celebrated his No. 2-ranked recruiting class on Tuesday, but I'm sure the news of Purifoy's arrest put a bit of a damper on the week. Purifoy is one of Florida's best athletes, and was one of the Gators' best cover corners in 2012. He didn't record any intereceptions, but broke up five passes and had a reputation for being one of the team's most physical corners, forcing three fumbles.

He started 12 games at cornerback last season, but also played some receiver here and there. With the Gators shorthanded in the playmaking department when it comes to the receiver position, the team announced this week that Purifoy would begin spring ball at wide receiver. With top-rated cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III signing with the Gators, this move makes sense, because many feel Hargreaves is physically and mentally ready to play one of the cornerback spots at Florida this fall.

But this is just another off-field distraction that Muschamp and his team have to deal with. Arrests and marijuana were a problem under former coach Urban Meyer, and the list of offenders is once again piling up for the Gators. For some reason, it seems the message isn't getting across to players that this isn't exactly something that helps their team.

It has to be frustrating for Muschamp, who has tried to improve the off-field culture of his football team during his two-plus years with the Gators.