Jalen Saunders has charges dropped

Updated: January 23, 2013, 11:37 AM ET
By Jake Trotter | SoonerNation

NORMAN, Okla. -- Misdemeanor charges of marijuana possession were dropped against Oklahoma receiver Jalen Saunders on Tuesday, according to the Cleveland County district attorney's office.

Charges against Saunders were dropped after teammate Cortez Johnson took full responsibility for the marijuana police found in their car Dec. 2 during a traffic stop.

Johnson, who was driving Saunders' car with Saunders in it, pled guilty to one count of misdemeanor marijuana possession and was placed on six months' probation.

Even though Saunders was arrested and facing misdemeanor charges, coach Bob Stoops still allowed him to play in the AT&T Cotton Bowl against Texas A&M. Saunders (62 receptions, 829 yards, three touchdowns), one of the Sooners' top playmakers in the second half of the season, had a team-high nine receptions in the 41-13 loss to the Aggies.

Johnson, meanwhile, sat out this season after transferring in from Arizona. Johnson is expected to challenge for a starting job at cornerback this year.

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