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Oklahoma football notebook: Jalen Saunders, Cortez Johnson arrested

Saunders booked at Cleveland County Sheriff's office on complaint of possession of a controlled substance
by Jason Kersey Published: December 2, 2012

Oklahoma wide receiver Jalen Saunders was arrested early Sunday morning on a complaint of possession of a controlled substance.

The OU junior was booked at the Cleveland County Sheriff's office at 2:34 a.m. on possession of marijuana.

Saunders and OU defensive back Cortez Johnson, both 20, were arrested during a traffic stop at Lindsey and Oakhurst in Norman about 2 a.m., sheriff's spokeswoman Megan McCormick said. The vehicle belonged to Saunders, but Johnson was driving, she said.

Saunders, a transfer from Fresno State in his first year at Oklahoma, was one of the stars of the Sooners' 24-17 win at TCU on Saturday. Saunders was the Sooners' leading receiver with seven receptions for 108 yards and one touchdown. He has 53 catches for 766 yards and three touchdowns in eight games.

Johnson is sitting out this season after transferring from Arizona, where he was coached by current OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops.

An OU athletic department spokesman declined to comment on the arrests.


In the third quarter of Oklahoma's win at TCU Saturday, senior defensive end R.J. Washington forced quarterback Trevone Boykin to lose control of the ball.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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