According to The Knoxville News-Sentinel, wide receivers Gerald Jones and Ahmad Paige were cited for misdemeanor possession at 10:41 Friday night when Knoxville police found 1½ joints in a car registered to Paige and driven by Jones. Vol lineman William Brimfield and high school prospect Jameel Owens of Oklahoma City were occupants of the car but were not charged.
In a release issued by the university sports information office, Fulmer said Jones, Paige and Brimfield face repercussions for their actions:
“I am extremely disappointed in these young men and the decision they made,” the coach said. “This is an example of youth and stupidity by boys that need to become men and not make stupid and irrational decisions trying to impress each other. I have met with all three players individually, and they understand that this behavior will not be tolerated. They have a number of things they need to do to get back in our good graces, including performing community service with a drug rehabilitation facility, participating in police ride-alongs and more frequent drug tests. They also will be prohibited from hosting recruits for one year.”
Jones is a rising sophomore from Oklahoma City. Paige is a redshirt freshman from Monroe, La., and Brimfield a redshirt freshman from Norway, S.C. Owens was making his official visit to the UT campus.
Paige and Brimfield were withheld from action in 2007 but Jones proved to be one of the brightest stars of a top-notch freshman class. He finished the 2007 season with 11 catches for 111 yards (10.1 yards per reception) and eight rushes for 58 yards (7.2 per carry). He scored one touchdown receiving and two more rushing.
Jones' best receiving performance came in Game 12 at Kentucky, when he caught two passes for 20 yards, including an acrobatic touchdown grab. His best outing as a rusher came a week later against LSU in the SEC Championship Game, when he carried twice for 39 yards.