Tennessee Volunteers running back Tim Jordan, who started four games during the 2019 season, was arrested on gun and marijuana charges after a traffic stop in his home county in Florida, records show.
Jordan, a senior from Bartow, Florida, faces charges of carrying a concealed firearm, possessing narcotic paraphernalia and possessing 20 grams or less of cannabis. He was arrested shortly before 5 a.m. Saturday in Lakeland, just north of Bartow.
A spokesman for UT athletics declined to comment.
Two Lakeland police detectives on patrol in the city spotted a vehicle speeding and swerving repeatedly into the bicycle lane, according to an arrest warrant.
The officers stopped the vehicle and reported smelling “a strong odor of cannabis emanating from inside.” Jordan, 20, was behind the wheel, and a 17-year-old male was in the passenger seat. Both seemed “extremely nervous,” the warrant reads.
Jordan told the officers he was carrying a gun in his back pocket without a concealed carry permit, according to the warrant. The handgun, a Ruger LCP pistol, was found in his back pocket, loaded and unholstered.
Inside the vehicle the detectives reported finding a small bag containing about 9.25 grams of marijuana, as well as a scale and several small plastic bags.
Jordan was arrested and booked into the Polk County Jail. He remained there late Saturday afternoon, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office’s website, which listed his bond at $2,000.
His teenage passenger also was arrested. The teen’s name is redacted in the warrant.
The concealed carry charge Jordan faces is a third-degree felony in Florida, punishable by a sentence up to five years in prison and a fine of $5,000.
Jordan, a three-star recruit from Bartow High School, appeared in 12 games last season. He finished third on the team in rushing with 428 yards on 104 carries and had one touchdown. Jordan also had six catches for 46 yards.
As a sophomore, Jordan played in all 12 games, made two starts, and rushed for 522 yards on 132 carries and three touchdowns. He added 12 receptions for 116 yards.
He played in 12 games as a freshman and ran for 52 yards on 11 carries and made eight receptions for 65 yards.