“Coach Muschamp is aware of the incident and is handling it,” UF spokesman Steve McClain said.
In addition to Purifoy, cornerback Janoris Jenkins (twice), linebacker Chris Martin, defensive lineman Kedric Johnson, safety De’Ante Saunders, defensive tackle Leon Orr and defensive tackleJafar Mann have also been arrested for marijuana possession since coach Will Muschamp took over for Urban Meyer in January 2011.
Muschamp dismissed Jenkins from the team after his second arrest, while Martin, Saunders and Mann eventually left the program.
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 on 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 car’s 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.
Purifoy is the 13th Florida player to be arrested or cited by police since January 2011.