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Tennessee starting junior running back John Kelly and freshman linebacker Will Ignont were cited after Knoxville police officers found marijuana in their vehicle during a traffic stop on Tuesday night, according to WATE in Knoxville.

Police told the station that the players were stopped around 10:46 p.m. on Cumberland Avenue due to a headlight being out. Kelly was driving the vehicle at the time of the incident.

The officer claimed that a strong smell exited the vehicle when the running back rolled down his window. The report also claims that both Kelly, 21, and Ignont, 19, consented to stepping out and allowing the vehicle to be searched.

Knoxville police reportedly found a clear plastic bag holding what appeared to be 4.6 grams of marijuana in the car’s center console, as well as a glass pipe in the vehicle. Kelly and Ignont both denied ownership of the bag and the pipe, according to KPD’s report.

The players were given separate citations and allowed to leave, however, must turn themselves in to local authorities for booking by Nov. 7 at 7:30 a.m.

Kelly received a misdemeanor citation for a possession of a schedule 6 drug, as well as driving without a headlight and proof of insurance, while Ignont received a misdemeanor citation for drug paraphernalia.

Kelly has been one of the few consistent bright spots for the Vols this season, ranking fifth among SEC backs with 615 yards and six touchdowns on 125 carries.

Ignont, a former 4-star prospect, has seen limited action for the Vols during his freshman season, recording four tackles in four appearances.

Two Tennessee players receive citations near UT campus Michael Reaves/Getty Images
Jason has contributed to numerous websites in the past covering a wide range of sports including SEC football for the past four seasons. He began his journalism career as a student journalist at the University of Tennessee where he covered the Vols for the student radio station and newspaper. Here’s ...Read more
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