By Calvin Palmer
Top-ranked college team Florida could go into Saturday’s crunch football game in the Southeastern Conference against Alabama, ranked number two, without the services of defensive end Carlos Dunlap.
The 20-year-old junior from North Charleston, South Carolina, was arrested in Gainesville, in the early hours of this morning, and charged with driving under the influence.
The Gators coach Urban Meyer said: “We are aware of the incident and are currently gathering more information.”
Meyer was expected to address the situation in more detail after practice Tuesday.
According to reports, Gainesville police officer Robert Rogers came upon Dunlap’s Chrysler stopped at an intersection at 3:25 a.m. The officer found Dunlap asleep in the car with the engine running and in gear. Rogers reported he tried to rouse the driver.He eventually unlocked the car door and turned off the ignition.
The police report noted officers smelled alcohol. They also said Dunlap’s eyes were watery and bloodshot, he couldn’t maintain his balance and he did not do well on a field sobriety test.
Dunlap told officers he was going home from a “gathering.”
Dunlap was named defensive MVP of the last year’s BCS national championship game and is projected as a likely first-round NFL draft pick if he decides to leave after this season.
Saturday’s game at the Georgia Dome, in Atlanta, is regarded as the biggest game of the season so far. The winner will play in the BCS championship game in January.