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Report: UT Football players John Kelly, Will Ignont cited for drugs during traffic stop

Tennessee running back John Kelly (4) is seen in the first half of an NCAA college football game against South Carolina Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

University of Tennessee players John Kelly and Will Ignont have been cited after marijuana was found during a traffic stop Tuesday night, according to our sister station WATE.

This incident comes as a major blow to the Volunteers, especially in the case of Kelly. Coach Butch Jones released a statement late Wednesday afternoon. Both players are suspended for the Kentucky game.

He's been the leading rusher for the team and has provided some production on a team with an anemic offense.

Knoxville police told WATE reporters that Kelly was driving a car with Ignont as a passenger Tuesday night when police pulled them over for a broken headlight.

Police said with the window rolled down, a strong smell came from the car. The two were asked to step out of the vehicle, and consented to the car being searched.

Knoxville police say they found a clear plastic bag with marijuana in it along with a glass pipe. Police say neither player claimed ownership of either the marijuana or pipe.

Both Kelly and Ignont were cited and allowed to leave.

The UT Athletics program responded to the incident, saying "We are aware of the incident and we are looking into it. We will have no further comment at this time."

Read the WATE report here.

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