A Full Lineup: 22nd Florida Football Player Arrested Under Urban Meyer Regime

Mitch WilsonSenior Writer IFebruary 24, 2009

Urban Meyer has racked up an impressive résumé at Florida, including two National Titles and a Heisman Trophy winner. While it is less publicized, Meyer is also looking to take the lead for active coaches in most arrested players under one head coach.

Offensive guard Carl Johnson became the 22nd player arrested since Urban Meyer became coach of the Gators, the fourth in the past 10 months. While Meyer may know a thing or two about coaching a football team, this all appears lost when teaching young men the game of life.

Apparently Johnson violated a domestic violence restraining order filed against him by an ex-girlfriend. While Johnson tips the scales at 330 pounds these days, he felt the need to see his ex up close and personal.

While players and young men in general getting into trouble here and there is part of growing up and can even be part of life experiences, what we have developing in Gainesville has gone beyond that and is now a trend.

While we rarely hear about these Gator arrests, they sure are out there. And as Urban Meyer has been known to use negative publicity against other teams for his own recruiting edge, he sure is giving all of the others around the country plenty of ammunition to bring with them into the living rooms of high school players all around the country.

Johnson joins ex-teammates Cam Newton (Felony Burglary), Jamar Hornsby (Felony Credit Card Theft), and Jacques Rickerson (Felony Battery) in the latest of Meyer players being brought to justice.


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