Tennessee coach Butch Jones announced running back John Kelly and linebacker Will Ignont have been suspended for Saturday's game against Kentucky after a traffic stop that resulted in their being charged with marijuana possession.
Knoxville Police public information officer Darrell DeBusk told ESPN's Mark Schlabach officers stopped Kelly's car at 10:46 p.m. ET Tuesday. They searched the car and found a substance believed to be marijuana and a pipe.
Kelly was cited for driving without a functioning headlight and no proof of insurance in addition to the marijuana charge.
"Members of our football team have a responsibility to represent the University of Tennessee in a first-class manner. I met with John and Will and they understand their actions were unacceptable," Jones said in a statement.
Kelly, a junior, leads the Volunteers with 615 rushing yards and six touchdowns. He's also made a team-high 26 receptions and is by far their most dynamic offensive playmaker. He eventually issued a statement via his Twitter account:
Ignont, a freshman, has made three tackles and has played sparingly this season.
Tennessee enters Saturday's game against Kentucky with a 3-4 record, having dropped each of its first four conference games.