Elam cited for alcohol possession

Florida sophomore strong safety Matt Elam was the state's top recruit last season.

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Published: Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 4:28 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 4:28 p.m.

Florida strong safety Matt Elam was given notice Sunday to appear in court by Gainesville police for allegedly possessing alcohol by a minor.

Elam, 19 and a sophomore, was the state's top recruit a year ago. Gainesville Police spokesperson Tscharna Senn said officers saw Elam at 100 NW First Avenue with a plastic cup that contained a dark liquid. When he saw the officers, they say, he threw the cup down. It was later found to contain Hennessy cognac and Coca-Cola, police said.

Elam was briefly placed in custody, but was released on his own recognizance with a promise to appear in court.

“Coach (Will) Muschamp is aware of the incident and will deal with it internally,” Florida spokesman Steve McClain said Sunday.

Last season Elam played in all 13 games, mostly on special teams and at backup safety. He had 22 tackles.

Elam was charged with possession of alcohol a year ago after holding a can of Four Loko in a parking lot. He pleaded no contest and was ordered to pay a $121 fine.

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