untateve Posted December 2, 2009 Share Posted December 2, 2009 http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/coll...0,7356042.story Gators DE Carlos Dunlap to miss SEC Championship after DUI arrestIn the biggest week of the year, the Florida Gators must deal with the distraction of star defensive end Carlos Dunlap's decision to get behind a wheel while allegedly intoxicated. Florida will miss Dunlap's NFL-sized talent on the field. GAINESVILLE – The early Tuesday DUI arrest of star defensive end Carlos Dunlap has left Florida dealing with a major distraction during the most important week of the season. The Gators are moving on without him. Dunlap will not play in Saturday's Southeastern Conference Championship Game against Alabama, coach Urban Meyer said after Tuesday night's practice. Dunlap is suspended indefinitely after police found the talented junior intoxicated and asleep at the wheel of a halted 2000 Chrysler sitting through multiple traffic-light cycles at a Gainesville intersection, according to a police report. Meyer said after Tuesday's practice the incident is "stunning" because Dunlap has never been a problem child. "Carlos obviously made a very, very poor decision," Meyer said. "He's not going to play." Dunlap, a first-round NFL draft talent with seven sacks on the season, had the clutch of the car in gear when police turned off the ignition and awoke a "very groggy" Dunlap at the 200 block of Southwest 34th Street at around 3:30 a.m., according to the police report. Dunlap showed obvious signs of impairment, the police report states, including bloodshot eyes, difficulty conveying basic information and the smell of alcohol on his breath. He was booked at 5:52 a.m. after refusing to submit a breath test, failing to keep his balance during sobriety tests and remaining "very compliant" with officers, according to Gainesville Police spokesman Keith Kameg. Dunlap's father, Carlos Sr., told the Sentinel he asked Meyer early Tuesday if his son could play against Alabama despite the arrest. Meyer told his dad he didn't think it was possible. Dunlap went out with teammates to a midtown Gainesville club and was two blocks away from his house when falling asleep, his dad said. Dunlap asked the officers if they could "let me walk home," his dad said. On his own recognizance, the 6-foot-6, 285-pound Dunlap was released from jail on Tuesday afternoon and faces a second-degree misdemeanor charge of DUI. "You think you're in control and the next thing you know you're in trouble," said Dunlap Sr., a bail bondsman from Charleston, S.C. "I am dumbfounded right now. He's always been so anti-drug, anti-drinking. But it's not what you do; it's how you respond to what you do." Florida is used to dealing with distractions this season, from a flu outbreak in the locker room to Tim Tebow's concussion to Brandon Spikes' eye-gouging incident to a staggering offense in October. Through it all, the Gators are 12-0 and playing for a third national title in four years. "We've had distraction after distraction," Meyer said. "This is a rather serious one. It is a distraction. Sometimes this team has found ways to get a little tighter with distractions. We've had a few of them." Junior Justin Trattou, a key player at defensive end and tackle, will start in Dunlap's place. Redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Jaye Howard should also see time at end, Meyer said. Other backups at the position include junior Duke Lemmens and sophomore Will Green. Linebacker Ryan Stamper said an elite defense – one that allowed 118 points all season – must remain steady. "We've been doing it all season," Stamper said. "Guy goes down, guys step up and make plays." Meanwhile, Alabama players claimed Tuesday they are too focused to be out at 3:30 a.m. this week. "I believe everybody was in their bed," Alabama running back Roy Upchurch said. "The boss, he's not with all that." Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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