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December 3, 2012

Sooner football players arrested

NORMAN — Oklahoma football players Jalen Saunders and Cortez Johnson were arrested early Sunday morning on complaints of possession of marijuana.

Cleveland County Sheriff’s Department public information officer Meghan McCormick said the pair were taken into custody after a traffic stop near Lindsey Street and Oakhurst Avenue in Norman around 2 a.m. Sunday. The car, which belonged to Saunders but was being driven by Johnson, had a broken driver’s side rear turn signal.

They were booked into the county jail at 2:34 a.m. McCormick said both were released around 4 a.m.

Saunders, a junior wide receiver, had seven catches for 108 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown catch, in the Sooners’ 24-17 victory over TCU on Saturday.

The slot receiver missed the first four games this season while waiting to have his eligibility cleared by the NCAA after transferring from Fresno State. Over the last eight games, Saunders had made 53 catches for 776 yards.

Johnson, a sophomore defensive back, hasn’t played this season. He transferred to OU from Arizona last spring and had redshirted due to NCAA transfer rules.

OU had no comment on the arrests.

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