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Kentucky kicks DE Jason Hatcher off team after marijuana charge

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky has dismissed senior defensive end Jason Hatcher from the team following his arrest early Monday on marijuana possession and speeding charges in Franklin County.

The arrest report states a sheriff's deputy clocked Hatcher's Chevrolet going 81 mph in a 70 mph zone on eastbound Interstate 64 and pulled him over at 12:55 a.m. Monday just west of Frankfort. The report added that the deputy noticed a strong odor of marijuana and that Hatcher tried to conceal some of the drug in his pants. A search found a "large quantity" of marijuana in Hatcher's car.

Hatcher was booked and later released from the Franklin County Regional Jail for trafficking in less than five pounds of marijuana, tampering with evidence and speeding.

Hatcher played in nine games, starting in five, last season for Kentucky. He had 39 total tackles and 2.0 sacks.