Elam, Patton arrested for possession of alcohol

By Adam Silverstein
August 27, 2010

Florida Gators freshmen safety Matt Elam and wide receiver Solomon Patton were each arrested over the summer for possession of alcohol by a minor (person under the age of 21), according to the Miami Herald.

The Herald reports that Elam was “arrested for allegedly possessing a can of carbonated malt liquor in the parking lot of a bank on NW 1st Street in Gainesville,” while Patton was “arrested at Plasma Lounge in downtown Gainesville and charged with a second-degree misdemeanor for allegedly possessing a drink containing vodka.”

Elam pleaded no contest to the charge on July 21 and was ordered to pay a fine of $121-184 by Alachua County court; Patton’s prosecution was deferred on Aug. 18 by request and will likely result in his record being wiped clean after he completes community service.

Though, according to co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chuck Heater, Elam will not be suspended for the Sept. 4 opener against Miami (OH), Patton’s status has yet to be decided. Elam is expected to see significant playing time this season while Patton’s role is that of a back-up.

On June 14, a source close to the team told OGGOA that head coach Urban Meyer and his coaching staff held an emergency meeting with players to inform them that, more than ever, accountability and responsibility were important to the program this offseason. This occurred after redshirt sophomore WR Frankie Hammond, Jr. was arrested for DUI. The Gators adopted an “if one falls, all fall” mentality that was taught in practical application immediately after the impassioned meeting.

OGGOA will update this story as more information is made available.


  1. Wingtee says:

    It’s a screwed up world this new era. kids basically could give a rats azz. I hate the NFL because of this stuff, and it’s just filtering down. Just today the running back at UGA gets in crap

  2. Fish-Gator-59 says:

    How crazy kids in college drinking!!! absolutely shocking

  3. Mel Kiper, Jr. says:

    Wingtee, if you don’t like a cocktail or two, then you got issues my friend. I know when I’m breaking down game film, I like to have a Four Loko or three.

  4. dp says:

    What I want to know is who are these asshole cops in Gainesville? I can see the DUI arrest but give me a f’ing break here! A college stud football player at the University that outs food on that city’s table and they can’t give the kid a warning or give a private call to the coach? WTF

  5. John Shanks says:

    This is about as weak a transgression as there is. Hopefully nothing major comes out of this, come on GPD.

  6. 305gator says:

    yup i agree its all the nfls fault that kids are in college drinking.

  7. Gatorbuc15 says:

    I wouldn’t get too excited about this. Ain’t nothin to serious.

  8. Joey says:

    football players have always drank alcohol……when you have every media oulet publishing every little thing we read about it.

  9. Wingtee says:

    Of course if this was a rival school all of you ” professors” would be claiming thugs. Yea I drink , maybe to much but I’m over 21 and not representing UF football.

  10. freshone says:


  11. Fish-Gator-59 says:


    If this happened anywhere else I would laugh it off regardless of the school..(ex) Notre Dame earlier this summer. However DUIs or hit & runs are another story not to be confused with typical underage drinking.

  12. Wingtee says:

    Fish , so underage drinking then would or could not result in DUI or hit and run? I would never laugh this off at any place. Terribly immature statement Fish.

  13. Fish-Gator-59 says:

    I agree that those are potential results from drinking and those under no circumstances are laughable. My point is that no matter what any coach or administration does they will not change the fact that young men in college are going to drink. It’s laughable how overblown it is that these kids drink alcohol…are we forgetting that is college!!

  14. Wingtee says:

    Have a great day Fish … Go gators ! Hope we can have a cold beer one day!!!

  15. Fish-Gator-59 says:

    Of course……GO GATORS!!

  16. Gatorken says:

    They can wait till they are 21 like everyone else. Just because they are football players does not make them special. They have not earned anything, so until they earn their manhood or turn 21 they can wait.

  17. Gatorken says:

    oh and just being a college football player (no matter how great) will not earn them their manhood. I’m thinking more along the lines of serving their country, or doing something great.

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