Oklahoma football: Misdemeanor charge against Jalen Saunders dropped

by Jason Kersey Modified: January 22, 2013 at 3:12 pm •  Published: January 22, 2013

NORMAN — The misdemeanor marijuana possession charge against Oklahoma receiver Jalen Saunders was dropped Tuesday due to a lack of evidence.

Defensive back Cortez Johnson, who was arrested with Saunders early Dec. 2, pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor marijuana possession and will be placed on probation for six months.

The news was first reported by SoonerScoop.com, the Rivals site that covers OU.

Saunders and Johnson were arrested and charged after being pulled over early in the morning on Dec. 2 — hours after the Sooners’ regular-season finale win at TCU.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops waited until one week before the Cotton Bowl to announce whether Saunders would play, which he did; Saunders caught nine passes for 63 yards in the Sooners’ 41-13 loss to Texas A&M.

Saunders transferred to OU last May from Fresno State, and was expected to sit out this entire season, per NCAA rules. His waiver request for immediate eligibility was initially declined, but that decision was overturned on appeal days before Oklahoma’s fifth game of the season.

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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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