Vols’ leading rusher Kelly cited for pot possession

Tennessee Volunteers leading rusher John Kelly and linebacker Will Ignont were cited for marijuana possession in Knoxville on Tuesday night, according to multiple reports.

Kelly was charged with two other misdemeanors during the traffic stop that occurred around 10:46 p.m. ET, according to ESPN.

Officers initially stopped Kelly’s car because it had a headlight out, according to Knoxville Police public information officer Darrell DeBusk, and officers “noticed a strong smell of marijuana.” When they reached the vehicle, officers asked Kelly to get out of the car and requested to search it.

Kelly consented to the search, and Ignont was also asked to step out of the vehicle. During the search, officers found “a clear plastic baggie containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana” as well as “a glass pipe usually used to smoke marijuana,” according to the police statement.

Kelly, a junior, was charged with possession of a Schedule 6 drug and city citations for not having proof of insurance and for the headlight that was out. Ignont, a freshman from Alabama, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. They have a Nov. 7 date scheduled to turn themselves in to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

Kelly leads the Vols (3-4 overall, 0-4 in the SEC) with 615 rushing yards, with the next closest being Ty Chandler with 118. Kelly also has six of the team’s eight rushing touchdowns and leads the team with 28 receptions.

Ignont has recorded four tackles in four games played.

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