Gators DE Carlos Dunlap charged with DUI 4 days ahead of SEC title

Junior defensive end for the Florida Gators, Carlos Dunlap, was arrested early this morning for DUI after being found asleep behind the wheel of a car.

Dunlap was booked in Alachua County jail following the arrest at 3:25 am. Police say Dunlap was found in the driver’s seat of a Chrysler, which had earlier been spotted driving erratically. Dunlap refused to submit to a breathalizer, and Florida officials have yet to comment on the incident.

A suspension is almost certainly on the horizon for Dunlap, and it couldn’t come at a worse time for the Gators, who are set to play Atlanta at 4pm Saturday for the SEC title. The arrest is almost certain to affect Dunlap’s NFL hopes as well, as the arrest before the biggest game of his career thus far shows questionable judgement. It’s likely that Dunlap won’t see play on Saturday:

Florida hasn’t said whether Dunlap will play Saturday against Alabama, but schools typically suspend players for at least a game after arrests, so it’s quite likely that Dunlap won’t be on the field on Saturday. Dunlap was the defensive MVP of last season’s national championship game and this year he leads the Gators with seven sacks, so if he doesn’t play, that would be a big loss.