Georgia running back Elijah Holyfield was arrested early Monday by University of Georgia police on two misdemeanor drug-related charges after a search of his campus dorm room.
The sophomore was charged with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and possession and use of drug-related objects, according to a police report and online booking information from the Clarke County Jail.
A team spokesman said Coach Kirby Smart is aware of the incident.
Under Georgia’s drug and alcohol policy, Holyfield would be suspended one game for a first-time violation. Georgia opens against Appalachian State on Sept. 2.
Police were called to Vandiver Hall at 11:29 p.m. Sunday after a resident assistant smelled the scent of burning marijuana coming from a suite that Holyfield shares with two other Georgia football players. It was directly to the right of the front desk in the lobby of the building, according to a police incident report.
The police officer knocked on the dorm room door several times before making contact with Holyfield, who had “bloodshot” eyes when he opened the door. As the door was opened, the smell of marijuana became stronger, according to the police report.
Holyfield denied smoking marijuana when asked, according to the report. He said he was watching TV on his couch while his roommates were asleep.
The officer asked if he could check the room and Holyfield refused. The officer said he would seek a search warrant and asked Holyfield and the two others, freshman defensive back Deangelo Gibbs and sophomore wide receiver/defensive back Mecole Hardman, to step out. They did not say if there were other individuals in the room, according to the report.
Neither Gibbs nor Hardman were charged in the incident.
A Magistrate Court judge signed a search warrant at 1:01 a.m. and the players’ rooms were searched starting at 1:25 a.m. While searching, police learned a female was also present. A window in the living room was open and the screen window was pushed open slightly.
An officer found a glass pipe inside of a white iPhone box in Holyfield’s room which contained suspected marijuana residue. The officer also found a blue plastic box with a small loose “bud” of marijuana in the bottom drawer of the desk in his room. A small loose burned bud was also found around the top of the desk. Another officer found a cigarillo bag with seven buds of suspected unburned marijuana on the ground outside near the window of the room on the ground floor. The material tested positive as marijuana.
When asked, Holyfield said he no idea how the marijuana got in his room or about the marijuana thrown outside the window, according to the report. Holyfield said his roommates were in the room sleeping. Holyfield was subsequently placed under arrest.
Holyfield, son of former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield, was released on bonds totaling $4,050. He was booked at 3:19 a.m. and released at 4:08 a.m., jail records show.
Holyfield, who played at Woodward Academy, rushed for 29 yards on six carries last season.
He had 41 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown in Georgia’s spring game on April 22.
Running back is one of Georgia’s deepest positions with Nick Chubb, Sony Michel and Brian Herrien and incoming freshman D’Andre Swift.
Holyfield is the second Georgia player facing a suspension to start the season after an arrest. Wide receiver Riley Ridley was arrested March 11 for misdemeanor possession of less than an ounce of marijuana
A Georgia football signee, offensive lineman D’Antne Demery, was released from his letter of intent on April 23 after his arrest on domestic violence charges in Athens while in town for the spring game.