GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -Florida running back Brandon James pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge Monday, was placed on six months' probation and received community service.
James, a sophomore from St. Augustine, was ordered to perform 10 hours of community service and pay $226 in court costs. He also could pay an additional $100 in lieu of the 10 hours.
If he does not pay the court costs, he must do another 23 hours of community service.
Any use, possession or purchase of illegal drugs during the six-month period would constitute a probation violation and prompt the court to punish him further for the initial charge.
James and former Florida basketball player Brandon Powell, who has since left the program, were arrested in early June after trying to buy marijuana from an informant. They were charged with possessing less than 20 grams of marijuana.
Coach Urban Meyer suspended James from the Sept. 1 season opener against Western Kentucky.
The 5-foot-6 James averaged 11 yards a punt return and 18.2 yards on kickoffs as a freshman last season. He set a school record with 155 yards on six punt returns against Western Carolina, including a 77-yarder for a touchdown.

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