Willie Jefferson (BU photo)
WACO (October 14, 2010)—Baylor sophomore wide receiver Willie Jefferson was dismissed from the football team Thursday after he was arrested for misdemeanor marijuana possession in Bell County, his third arrest since the university recruited him.
Head coach Art Briles, in a brief statement released Thursday, said Jefferson was dismissed for a violation of team rules, but provided no other details.
The circumstances of the arrest weren’t immediately available, but according to online records, Jefferson was charged with possession of marijuana under 2 ounces and was ordered held in the Bell County Jail in lieu of $1,500 bond.
Jefferson and sophomore receiver Josh Gordon were arrested on Oct. 3 and charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession after police received a report that a man was passed out in the driver’s seat of a vehicle in the drive-through at the Taco Bell at 824 S. 6th St.
Officers found a plastic bag containing marijuana on the center console and other bags of pot in the driver’s side floorboard, police said.
Jefferson was also arrested on Jan. 25, 2009 in Orange after officers found a small bag of marijuana in his car during a routine traffic stop.
Jefferson, a standout wide receiver at Ozen High School, signed a national letter of intent with Baylor on Feb. 4, 2009.
The Beaumont native caught six passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns in 17 career games played at Baylor.
He was free on a $1,000 bond from the Oct. 3 arrest when he was busted Thursday in Bell County.